Fiona, now a post-tropical cyclone after a devastating storm, swept homes, toppled trees and left thousands without power in Atlantic Canada after the storm made landfall. early Saturday.
Fiona is expected to continue to weaken over the next few days.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Atlantic Canada remained without power on Sunday, and Canadian officials assessed the extent of the devastation. Fiona caused widespread power outages.
More than 400,000 Nova Scotia Power customers were affected by Saturday’s outage, the company reported. The company was able to restore power to 160,000 customers on Sunday afternoon.
As of Sunday, more than 252,000 Nova Scotia Power customers and more than 82,000 Maritime Electric customers in the province of Prince Edward Island were without power. So are more than 20,600 homes and businesses in New Brunswick.
Where is Fiona?
After making landfall in eastern Nova Scotia on Saturday morning, Fiona moved north and over eastern St. Lawrence on Saturday night. As of Sunday afternoon, the storm was leaving the Labrador Sea.
Before passing through Bermuda on Friday, the storm devastated large swaths of the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Officials in Bermuda reported no serious damage.
At least five people have died in the wake of Hurricane Fiona – two in Puerto Rico, two in the Dominican Republic and one on the French island of Guadeloupe.
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Storm swept away houses, collapsed roofs
As Fiona crossed the Canadian Atlantic, it swept away houses, toppled trees and power lines, and ripped off roofs. There were no immediate reports of injuries and no confirmed deaths.
Authorities on Sunday were searching for a 73-year-old woman missing in Channel-Port Aux Basques, a town on the south coast of Newfoundland.
Canadian police say the woman was last seen inside the mansion before a wave hit the home on Saturday morning, ripping off part of the basement. Authorities believe the woman may have drifted out to see but were unable to confirm.
Brian Button, mayor of the Channel-Port Aux Basques, said homes had been swept away by floodwaters and residents were fleeing to higher ground.
“I am seeing houses in the middle of the ocean,” said René J. Roy, a resident of Channel-Port Aux Basques and editor-in-chief of Wreckhouse Press. “I’m seeing rubble floating everywhere. It’s completely and completely destroyed. There’s an apartment that’s gone, it’s really just rubble.”
Jolene Garland, a spokeswoman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Newfoundland and Labrador, said a woman in the Channel-Port Aux Basques was saved after “being thrown into the water when her home collapsed”.
Amanda McDougall, mayor of Cape Breton, also said there were fallen trees, torn roofs and debris scattered across the roads in her area. Mike Savage, Mayor of Nova Scotia, Halifax, told CNN 100 people were displaced when an apartment roof collapsed.
Police in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island reported felled trees and Post pictures of the damage on Twitterincluding one showing a collapsed roof.
“The conditions are like nothing we’ve ever seen,” the police department said on Twitter.
Fiona lands in Canada
Fiona made landfall in Canada early Saturday morning with sustained winds of up to 100 mph, equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane, according to AccuWeather.
AccuWeather meteorologists forecast Fiona could be “one of the strongest storms on record” in eastern Canada.
“This could be the storm of a lifetime for some,” AccuWeather chief meteorologist Jonathan Porter said.
The storm was “the lowest-pressure landfall storm on record in Canada,” according to the Canadian Hurricane Center. Usually, the further away the pressure drops, the stronger the storm will be.
Bob Robichaud, warning meteorologist for the Canadian Hurricane Center, said the storm was about the same size as post-Tropical Hurricane Dorian, which hit Canada in 2019. But Fiona is expected to be stronger.
“It will certainly be a historic, extremely serious event for eastern Canada,” said Robichaud.
Puerto Ricans angry at lack of power
Half of Puerto Rico is still without electricity more than five days after Hurricane Fiona hitand Puerto Ricans are increasingly frustrated with the island’s private transmission and distribution company.
The situation was made worse by fuel disruptions that forced grocery stores, gas stations and other essential businesses to close.
Puerto Rico’s electricity grid has been hit hard in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which devastated the system in 2017.
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Contribution: Associated Press