Fallen power lines and houses swept into the sea are some of the effects left by Storm Fiona after passing Canada’s east coast.
Local media reports that a woman is missing after the storm dragged her out to sea on the island of Newfoundland.
Fiona was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm on Friday.
Such weather events are rare in Canada and according to police, the weather event is “unlike anything we’ve ever seen”.
Parts of five Canadian provinces experienced torrential rain and wind gusts of up to 100 mph large-scale flooding and left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity.
The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau He said he would deploy the military to help clean up in Nova Scotia.
“If there is anything the federal government can do to help, we will be there,” the president assured, who also announced that he would cancel his planned trip to Japan. attended the funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to deal with the effects of the storm.
“A Pile of Debris in the Ocean”
In the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and New Brunswick, as well as parts of Quebec, tropical storm warnings.
In the small town of Channel-Port-aux-Basques, in the far southwest of Newfoundland, severe flooding caused some houses and office buildings were washed away by the sea, as reported by local journalist Rene Roy to state television CBC.
The area is in a state of emergency.
“This is hands down the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Roy.
The journalist also added that many houses were left as “lots of debris in the ocean straight away”.
“There’s an apartment building that’s literally gone. Whole blocks are gone.”
Authorities later confirmed that at least 20 homes had been destroyed.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said a woman in the area was rescued after she was “thrown into the water when her house collapsed”.
Energy companies warned against this it may take days to restore powerbecause the wind speed is still too high to start work on the downed power lines.
Strong hurricanes in Canada are rare, as the storms typically lose energy once they hit cooler waters to the north and become post-tropical.
Nova Scotia was last hit by a tropical cyclone in 2003 with Hurricane Juana Category Two storm that killed two people and severely damaged structures and vegetation.
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