Powerful Storm Fiona hit the Atlantic coast Canada, leaving more than 500,000 homes without power and causing strong winds and rain. Although downgraded as a hurricane, Fiona made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 85 mph in the early hours after hitting the Caribbean islands, forecasters said.
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Nova Scotia Power, which supplies the province Fiona-hit Nova Scotia reported more than 400,000 customers were without power as of 1:50 p.m. GMT.
In the other two worst affected provinces, Prince Edward Island and New BrunswickOperators said 82,000 and 44,000 homes, respectively, were without power.
In its latest bulletin at 1145 GMT, the Canadian Hurricane Center (CHC) said Nova Scotia had sustained winds of 130 km/h, and Fiona was moving north-northeast at 55 km/h.
“Large waves have reached the east coast of Nova Scotia and southwestern Newfoundland; They can exceed 12 meters,” he said.
The US NHC indicated that the hurricane made landfall in the Gulf of St. Lawrence at 1:00 PM GMT.
“We’ve Never Seen Weather Like This”Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island police said on Twitter.
“It’s unbelievable, no electricity, no Wi-Fi, no network,” the city’s mayor Philip Brown confirmed to public channel radio.Canada. “Many trees have fallen, many roads are flooded“, he added.
“Many trees have fallen, many roads are flooded”, he added.
Nova Scotia officials issued an emergency alert, announcing possible power outages and advising residents to stay home with enough groceries to last at least 72 hours.
Prime Minister CanadaJustin Trudeau said the storm “could have a significant impact on the entire region” and urged everyone to “take appropriate precautions.”
In Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, stores ran out of propane refills as locals scrambled to stock up.
“Nothing Serious” in Bermuda
Fiona After wreaking havoc in the Caribbean, it passed Friday as a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, about 160 km from Bermuda.
The cyclone hit the mid-Atlantic British territory of around 64,000 people, bringing winds of up to 160km/h and heavy rain, but there were no reports of casualties or significant damage.
About 15,000 of Bermuda’s 36,000 homes were without power Friday afternoon, but power was quickly restored in many areas.
Residents posted pictures of the flooding and downed power lines on social media.
Jason Rayner, owner of a souvenir shop in Bermuda’s capital Hamilton, told AFP that “there was some minor damage to our premises, but nothing major,” noting that some doors and windows were torn out.
Located 1,000 km from the US and prone to hurricanes, the region is one of the most isolated places in the world, making any evacuation in an emergency almost impossible.
Fiona It killed four people in the US territory of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean, an official quoted by the media said. Additionally, one death was reported in the French overseas department of Guadeloupe and two in the Dominican Republic.
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