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Fiona: Watch the storm wash away homes in Newfoundland


A shocking video shows the devastating impact of post-tropical storm Fiona, which brought high winds, rain and flooding to Canada’s Atlantic coast.

Images released by Pius Scott show conditions in the town of Isle aux Morts, located on the coast of Wreckhouse and Port aux Basques, NL

The video shows the sea overtaking the land, with pieces of wood, tires and other debris strewn across the beach. Dark storm clouds hang overhead as the camera captures the colorful houses sitting in the water.

While some homes were mostly intact, others were completely destroyed when water flooded the neighborhood. Where a street once curved towards a residential area, a waterfall can be seen.

Fiona continued to surge in southeastern Quebec on Sunday. According to Environment Canada, the post-tropical storm is expected to weaken as it crosses southeast Labrador and the Labrador Sea.

At the height of the blackouts, nearly 500,000 Maritimers were left without power on Saturday. Hundreds of thousands of residents in the four provinces remain without power as of 11 a.m. local time on Sunday.

Some municipalities have also declared local states of emergency due to the storm.

Wreckhouse, Newfoundland saw wind gusts reaching nearly 177 km/h combined with a rainfall total of more than 67.2 mm on Saturday. Nearby Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, saw its water level rise by 2.73 meters, according to the Canadian Meteorological Service.

In Nova Scotia, wind gusts reaching 141 km/h hit the Atlantic region on Saturday afternoon, accompanied by more than 200 millimeters of rain.

The Canadian Hurricane Center in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, said Fiona set an unofficial record for the lowest barometric pressure on record for a tropical storm making landfall in Canada. The pressure recorded at Hart Island was 931.6 millibars.

FEDERAL RESPONSE

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Saturday that the federal government will deploy the Canadian Armed Forces to help with recovery efforts.

The federal government will also match all donations to the Canadian Red Cross by individuals and businesses over the next month, he said at a news conference on Saturday.

“We are thinking first and foremost of the people who have lived through the last terrifying 12 hours,” Trudeau said at the press conference. “As Canadians, as we always do in difficult times, we will be there for each other.



With files from The Canadian Press, CTV Atlantic and Storyful

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