June 17, 2024

Power outages and storm surge - Hurricane "Fiona" causes damage in Canada

Power outages and storm surge – Hurricane “Fiona” causes damage in Canada

  • Hurricane Fiona caused damage along the eastern coast of Canada with torrential rain and storm surge.
  • A state of emergency has been declared in some areas. The police had previously issued instructions to residents to leave the danger zones.
  • Fiona made landfall in Nova Scotia early Saturday morning (local time) with winds of up to 148 kph.

The coastal city of Port au Basque, in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, was hit hard, with many homes destroyed by the waves. The police had previously issued instructions to residents to leave the danger zones.

Also in Nova Scotia, the storm covered roofs, electricity poles and trees collapsed and streets were flooded. The Premier of Nova Scotia, Tim Houston, spoke on Saturday afternoon (local time) about an “unbelievable number” of broken trees. Nearly three quarters of the population is without electricity. Houston said it was too early to estimate the extent of the damage.

According to the local electricity provider, there have also been tens of thousands of outages in the neighboring county of Prince Edward Island. Charlottetown police, the territory’s capital, posted pictures of fallen trees and power poles on Twitter.

The second strongest category hurricane

Fiona passed through the British overseas territory of Bermuda on Friday as a hurricane in the second strongest category. Last weekend, Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico as one of five hurricanes, causing flooding and severe damage.

The storm also caused flooding, damage and according to media reports, at least two people in the Dominican Republic.

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