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Hundreds of thousands of people were left without electricity after Storm Fiona hit the coast of Canada.
On Friday, Fiona was downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm. But parts of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick continued to experience heavy rains and winds up to 160 km/h.
Officials have yet to share reports of deaths or serious injuries , but the authorities are fighting extensive flooding in two provinces.
The Canadian Hurricane Center warned ahead of the arrival that Fiona could be a “historic extreme event” with unprecedented wind speeds.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and New Brunswick, as well as parts of Quebec.
Up to 10 inches (25 cm) of rain can fall in the eastern region of the country, increasing the risk of flash floods.
In Nova Scotia, shelters have been set up in Halifax and Cape Breton for people to take shelter before the storm.
“We've experienced similar events before, but I'm afraid not to this extent.” , — said Amanda McDougal, mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. “The consequences will be large, real and immediate.”
In Port-au-Basque, population 4,067, on the southwestern tip of Newfoundland, some homes and office buildings were washed away by the sea, local journalist René Roy told the CBC.
He added that many houses have become “a pile of rubble in the ocean in an instant,” adding, “There is an apartment building that has literally disappeared. There are entire streets that have disappeared.”
And the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the woman was rescued after she was “thrown into the water when her house collapsed.” in the area. They said they had received another report of a woman washed up by a basement flood, but conditions remained too dangerous to search.
Power companies have warned that it could take several days for power to be restored , as winds remain too high to begin work on damaged power lines.
Nova Scotia was last hit by a tropical cyclone in 2003 with Hurricane Juan, a Category 2 storm that killed two people and buildings and vegetation were badly damaged.
Meteorologist Bob Robichaux warned Friday afternoon that Fiona will be larger than Juan and stronger than 2019 Hurricane Dorian, which also made landfall in Nova Scotia.
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