Downed power lines and homes washed out to sea were some of the effects that Hurricane Fiona left behind after crossing Canada’s east coast.
A woman is missing after being swept out to sea by a storm off the island of Newfoundland, according to local media.
Fiona was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm on Friday.
Such weather events Rare in Canada And, according to police, the weather phenomenon was “unlike anything we’ve ever seen.”
Heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 160 km/h hit parts of five Canadian provinces. Widespread flooding And millions of people were left without electricity.
The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau He promised to send the military to Nova Scotia to help with cleanup efforts.
“If the central government can do anything to help, we will,” the president assured, adding that he would cancel his trip to Japan. Attending the funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe To deal with the aftermath of the storm.
“A Pile of Garbage in the Sea”
In the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and New Brunswick, and parts of Quebec, Tropical Storm Warnings.
In Channel-Port-aux-Basques, a small town in southwestern Newfoundland, severe flooding caused some. Houses and office buildings were washed away. Local journalist Rene Roy said on state television CBC.
There is a state of emergency in the area.
“It’s without a doubt the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Roy said.
The journalist added that many more houses were left like this.A lot of garbage in the sea right now”.
“An apartment building is literally gone. Whole streets are gone.”
Officials later confirmed that at least 20 houses had collapsed.
Canadian Mounted Police say a woman was rescued after being “thrown into the water when her house collapsed”.
Electricity companies have warned that It may take days to restore powerWork on the downed power lines could not be started as the wind speed was still high.
Strong hurricanes are rare in Canada because storms typically lose their energy once they hit colder waters further north and become subtropical.
Nova Scotia was last hit by a tropical cyclone Hurricane Juan in 2003A category two storm killed two people and severely damaged structures and vegetation.
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