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Hurricane Fiona leaves its “mark” on Canada’s East Coast


Trees uprooted, houses swept away, power lines damaged… Hurricane Fiona hit Canada’s Atlantic coast hard on Saturday, killing a woman and some 500,000 homes without power.

Hurricane Fiona hit the Atlantic coast of Canada hard on Saturday 24 September, a woman having been swept away by the waters and some 500,000 homes without electricity.

Trees uprooted, houses swept away, power lines damaged… “Fiona came and left her mark on Nova Scotia and the neighboring provinces,” said the Premier of this region, Tim Houston, during a press conference on Saturday. afternoon. “It’s not completely over,” he warned.

Violent gusts are expected to persist into the evening, noted meteorologist Bob Robichaud, noting however that “conditions should gradually improve over the next three to six hours”.

According to Canadian authorities, Fiona was still carrying sustained winds of 120 km/h at 5 p.m. GMT and was moving at a speed of 37 km/h towards the northeast.

“Big waves have reached the eastern shore of Nova Scotia and southwestern Newfoundland, and they could exceed 12 meters,” they warn.

Two women were washed away in Channel-Port-aux-Basques, in the province of Newfoundland, according to a police spokeswoman. One of the two victims, carried away after the collapse of his house, was rescued and hospitalized, the other remains missing.

“It’s one of the worst days I’ve had in my life,” René Roy, another resident of this city, told Radio Canada. “It doesn’t stop. (…) Many houses have gone to the sea”, he said sorry.

“I woke up around 5 a.m. because my bed was shaking! “, has also entrusted to AFP Shaun Bond, who lives in Sydney, Nova Scotia. “I live on the second floor of a century-old house and she was moving and making noises like I’ve never heard. »

” With you “

“Thinking of everyone affected by Hurricane Fiona. Know that we are with you,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, announcing that federal authorities stood ready “to provide the provinces with additional resources.”

“We have never seen such weather conditions,” police in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, said on Twitter on Saturday.

“It’s incredible, there is no electricity, no wifi, no more network,” added the mayor of the city, Philip Brown, on the public channel Radio-Canada. “A lot of trees have fallen, there is a lot of flooding on the roads,” he added.

A tree fell on a fire truck and because of a torn power line, the firefighters who were there had to wait for the intervention of technicians from Nova Scotia Power to be able to get out.

The prefecture of the French archipelago of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, south of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, had warned on Thursday against “very strong winds” and a “very strong swell “, and called “to the greatest vigilance” the inhabitants of these islands.

Fiona caused the deaths of four people in Puerto Rico, a US territory, according to an official quoted by the media. One death was reported in Guadeloupe (France) and two in the Dominican Republic.

With AFP

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