Post-Tropical Cyclone Fiona swept through the country’s Atlantic provinces with hurricane-force winds
A powerful storm devastated Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Quebec after making landfall in Canada early Saturday as a post-tropical cyclone.
With hurricane-force winds, torrential rains and towering waves, Fiona destroyed buildings and swept at least 12 entire structures into the ocean, according to a Port Aux Basques resident who spoke to The Associated Press.
Some 415,000 residents of Nova Scotia – about four out of five – experienced power outages, while 82,000 residents of Prince Edward Island (95% of island residents) also been left in the dark and 44,329 lost power in New Brunswick. Of those, 380,000 remained without power Saturday afternoon, according to the CEO of Nova Scotia Power, who blamed the “unprecedented“dangerous winds and weather for the delay in repairs.
To imagine the extent of the damage, consider that it was just ONE wave, invading and battering a single house in Burgeo. The destruction as Fiona dwindles for many, many hours will be extensive. My friend Steve Hiscock and @Ready to go correspondent with BBS sent me this: #nlwxpic.twitter.com/WNmT37aIqk
—AnthonyGermain (@AnthonyGermain) September 24, 2022
The military has been deployed to affected areas to help with recovery efforts, removing downed trees and restoring transport links, Defense Minister Anita Anand said on Saturday, although she did not mention how many soldiers would be assigned for this purpose or how long they would be. the.
‼️ Fiona has tentatively broken Canada’s national atmospheric pressure record, with 931.6 hPa recorded at Hart Island, Nova Scotia, according to @ECCC_CHC.Gusts of 140 km/h were reached in Sidney, N.S. and hundreds of thousands of people are without electricity.pic.twitter.com/u0wi5WYY7u
— Ben Noll (@BenNollWeather) September 24, 2022
Fiona had the lowest pressure of any storm to make landfall in Canada, according to the Canadian Hurricane Center. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned that “things only get worse“from a weather perspective, blaming the freak weather event on climate change and calling for more”resilient“Infrastructure.
Despite extensive property damage, no deaths have been confirmed, although police reported a woman from Channel-Port Aux Basques missing and said she may have been swept away at sea.
Meanwhile, Florida has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Ian is expected to become a hurricane on Sunday. The storm is expected to hit the west coast of Florida mid-week.
You can share this story on social media: