The powerful fiona storm hit the Atlantic coast of Canada, leaving more than 500,000 homes without power and causing strong winds and rain. Although downgraded to a hurricane, Fiona still had 85 mph winds after making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane in the early morning hours after hitting the Caribbean, forecasters said.
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Nova Scotia Power, which supplies the province of Nova Scotia, where Fiona struck, reported more than 400,000 customers without power around 1:50 p.m. GMT.
In the other two most affected provinces, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswickthe operators said that there were respectively 82,000 and 44,000 households without electricity.
In its latest bulletin at 1145 GMT, the Canadian Hurricane Center (CHC) reported winds of more than 130 km/h in Nova Scotia, and noted that Fiona was moving at a speed of 55 km/h to the north-northeast.
“Large waves have reached the east coast of Nova Scotia and southwestern Newfoundland; they could exceed 12 meters,” she said.
The US NHC indicated that at 1:00 p.m. GMT the hurricane was over the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.
“We have never seen weather conditions like this”Police in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, said on Twitter.
“It is incredible, there is no electricity, there is no Wi-Fi, there is no network”, confirmed the mayor of the city, Philip Brown, to the public channel Radio-Canada. “Many trees have fallen, there are many floods on the roads”, he added.
“Many trees have fallen, there are many floods on the roads”, he added.
Nova Scotia authorities 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 of CanadaJustin Trudeau said the storm could “have a significant impact throughout the entire region” and urged everyone to “take appropriate precautions.”
In Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, stores ran out of propane refills as local residents scrambled to stock up.
“Nothing serious” in Bermuda
Fiona It passed on Friday, with category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale of 5, about 160 km from Bermuda, after having sowed destruction in the Caribbean.
The hurricane hit this British territory of some 64,000 inhabitants located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with gusts of 160 km/h and heavy rains, but without any reports of victims or significant damage.
According to electricity provider Belco, 15,000 of 36,000 homes were without power Friday afternoon in Bermuda, but power was quickly restored in many areas.
Residents posted images of flooding and downed power lines on social media.
“We had some minor damage to our premises, but nothing serious,” Jason Rainer, owner of a souvenir shop in Bermuda’s capital Hamilton, told AFP, noting that some doors and windows had been ripped out.
The territory, located 1,000 km from the United States and accustomed to hurricanes, is one of the most isolated places in the world, which makes any evacuation in an emergency almost impossible.
Fiona caused the death of four people in Puerto Rico, a US territory in the Caribbean, according to an official quoted by the media. In addition, one death was reported in Guadeloupe, a French overseas department, and two in the Dominican Republic.