Fiona was downgraded from a hurricane before it hit Canada with wind gusts of up to 38 meters per second on Saturday. Meteorologists had warned in advance that the storm could bring hurricane-force winds, huge amounts of rain and big waves.
In the province of Nova Scotia, 415,000 customers were affected by power outages on Saturday morning. In the province of Prince Edward Island, 82,000 people were without power, while another 44,000 lost power in New Brunswick, according to Canadian electricity providers.
Fiona carries with her the strongest depression on record for a storm to make landfall in Canada, according to the country’s hurricane center
– Dwellings suffered significant damage following the fall of large century-old trees which caused significant damage. We also see houses where the entire roof has been torn off, and the windows have been blown out. There are large amounts of wreckage on the roads, Cape Breton Mayor Amanda McDougall said Saturday.
The storm prompted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to postpone a trip to Japan, where he will attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday.
– It’s going to be ugly, Trudeau said Friday when commenting on the approaching storm.
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