It was centered about 80 miles northwest of the coastal town of Channel-Port aux Basques in Newfoundland and Labrador, where the storm left a trail of destruction. Pictures from the province on Saturday morning showed some beach houses in the area collapsed and several floating structures falling into the sea or surrounded by floodwaters.
Roy told CNN that he was evacuated from his home and stayed with his cousin on higher ground. He doesn’t know if his house is still standing, and emergency workers have stopped him from driving to check. It was dangerous to do so, they warned.
Photos by another area resident, Terry Osmond a A destroyed building in Canal-Port aux Basques is surrounded by seawater on the shoreline, with splintered wood and other debris scattered across the city.
Osmond, 62, wrote to CNN: “Never in my life has there been so much devastation in our area.”
A city woman was rescued from water after her home collapsed Saturday afternoon, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. He was taken to the hospital; The extent of his injuries was not immediately known, police said.
The devastation is “breathtaking,” says the mayor
Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston described the “shocking” damage in the province, including roads washed out and communities littered with downed trees and power lines, at a news conference Saturday, and said restoring power was among officials’ top priorities.
Peter Gregg, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Power, said the weather is still too severe in many areas for crews to begin assessing the damage and making repairs. More than 900 electrical engineers are on their way to the area, but with parts of the state still experiencing storm conditions, Gregg added, some customers could be without power for several days.
“More than 70 roads are closed and there is danger,” he warned.
The roof of an apartment complex in Nova Scotia’s capital city of Halifax, west of the mainland, collapsed, forcing about 100 people to evacuate, Mayor Mike Savage told CNN on Saturday.
“The scale of this storm has been breathtaking,” Savage said at a news conference Saturday. “Everything turned out to be predicted.”
Halifax officials said Saturday afternoon that strong winds and the risk of coastal flooding remained for the rest of the day, urging residents to stay off the roads while cleanup efforts took place.
“The conditions are unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” Charlottetown police tweeted Saturday morning.
What can happen next?
The center added that large swells caused by Fiona, which could create “life-threatening surf and current conditions,” affected Atlantic Canada, the northeast coast of the United States and Bermuda.
Gale and gale-force winds are expected to continue to lash parts of Atlantic Canada into early Sunday, the center said.
Saturday morning, hurricane force winds In parts of Maritime Canada, gusts were reported to generally range from 70 to 95 mph (110 to 150 km/h). According to Environment Canada, the highest morning wind gust was 111 mph (179 km/h) in Arisaig, Nova Scotia.
Saturday’s unofficial barometric pressure was recorded at 931.6 mb At Hart Island, this would make Fiona the lowest-pressure storm on record in Canada, according to the Canadian Hurricane Centre.
CNN’s Allison Chinchar, Hannah Sarisohn, Sharif Paget, Derek Van Dam, Haley Brink, Aya Elamroussi, Taylor Ward, Theresa Waldrop and Tina Burnside contributed to this report.
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