One person washed away during Hurricane Fiona in Canada
Sylvie Claire / September 25, 2022
Hurricane Fiona hit Canada's Atlantic coast hard on Saturday, with half a million homes without power, property damage and one woman reported missing, swept away by the waters.
Two women were swept away in Channel-Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland, according to a police spokeswoman. One of the two victims, swept away after the collapse of her house, was rescued and hospitalized, the other remains missing. Trees uprooted, houses swept away, power lines damaged ... "Fiona came and left its mark on Nova Scotia and neighboring provinces," said Premier Tim Houston at a press conference Saturday afternoon. Severe squalls are expected to persist into the evening, said meteorologist Bob Robichaud, noting that "conditions should gradually improve over the next three to six hours. Rainfall amounts of up to 192 millimetres were recorded in Nova Scotia.
Strong winds were still blowing over northern Cape Breton Island, western Newfoundland and the Magdalen Islands. "Large waves have reached the eastern shore of Nova Scotia and southwestern Newfoundland and could exceed 12 meters," warned authorities. Fiona, now with winds of 110 km/h, is expected to move toward Quebec and southeastern Labrador by the end of the night.
I think of all those affected by Hurricane Fiona. Know that we are with you," tweeted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, announcing that the federal authorities were ready "to provide the provinces with additional resources.
The head of government, who cancelled his participation in Japan to the funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, assured Saturday afternoon at a press conference "to follow the situation very closely". "Canadians are thinking of all those affected by Hurricane Fiona, which is having devastating effects (…).
There are people who are seeing their homes destroyed, people who are very worried - we're going to be there for you," he said. - A passage in Bermuda - Fiona had passed Friday off the coast of Bermuda, after having sown destruction in the Caribbean. The hurricane inflicted 160 km/h gusts and heavy rains on this British territory of some 64,000 inhabitants located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean but without any casualties or major damage being reported. The territory, located about 1,000 kilometers from the United States and accustomed to hurricanes, is one of the most isolated places in the world, which makes evacuation almost impossible in case of emergency. The main island had therefore taken the preparations seriously. Buildings and houses must also comply with strict construction rules to withstand storms. Fiona caused the death of four people in Puerto Rico, U.S. territory, according to an official cited by the media. One death was reported in Guadeloupe, France, and two in the Dominican Republic.