The wind blows as Hurricane Fiona hits Nova Scotia
Fiona made landfall in Canada on Saturday morning after killing 16 people in Puerto Rico.
The storm, which was downgraded from a post-tropical hurricane on Friday, initially blasted into the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia, with torrential rain showering the area and strong winds downing power lines and trees.
As Fiona continued her devastating path across Canada’s east coast throughout the day, about a dozen homes were swept into the sea off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.
In one terrifying ordeal, a woman had to be rescued from the water when her house collapsed into the sea in the Channel-Port au Basque region.
The authorities said they had received a report that another person had been dredged into the sea but had not yet been able to confirm it.
It comes as more than half of Puerto Rico is still without power, five days after Hurricane Fiona wreaked havoc across the island, killing up to eight people.
Meanwhile, Florida is bracing for a separate hurricane next week. Tropical Storm Ian is expected to turn into a Category 3 hurricane before hitting the Sunshine State on Wednesday.
Canada’s prime minister said the country needs “more resilient infrastructure” to withstand extreme weather events
The Canadian Hurricane Center tweeted that Fiona has the lowest pressure ever recorded for a storm making landfall in Canada.
Forecasters had warned that it could be one of the most powerful storms to hit the country.
“We get more severe storms more frequently,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
He said more resilient infrastructure is needed to withstand extreme weather events, saying that what was once a one-in-100-year storm may now arrive every few years due to climate change.
“Things are getting worse,” Trudeau said.
peony hirwaniSeptember 25, 2022 07:30
Canadian military to help clean up the ruins of Fiona
Canadian troops are being sent in to help recover from the devastation of Storm Fiona, which has swept away homes, stripped roofs and caused power outages across the country’s Atlantic provinces.
Defense Minister Anita Anand on Saturday (September 24) said the troops will help clear fallen trees and other debris, restore transport links, and do whatever is required for the duration of their stay.
It did not specify the number of troops that will be deployed.
peony hirwaniSeptember 25, 2022 07:00
Animation captures the moment Fiona makes landfall in Canada
The animation captured the moment Tropical Cyclone Fiona made landfall in Canada.
Nova Scotia posted the ECCC weather graph on Twitter.
Doppler radar animation 12 hours # Fiona Because it made landfall overnight. Initial reports from Sydney Airport at speeds of up to 140 km/h, with further reports in excess of 150 km/h.”
Rachel Sharp25 September 2022 06:30
According to local reports, Hurricane Fiona also killed at least two people in the Dominican Republic and one person in Guadeloupe.
peony hirwaniSeptember 25, 2022 06:00
According to an update from Puerto Rico’s Department of Health, of the 16 deaths “related” to the hurricane, one was classified as “direct” and three as “indirect.”
The remaining 12 are under investigation.
peony hirwani25 September 2022 05:30
Hurricane Fiona death toll rises to 16 in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Fiona has killed at least 16 people in Puerto Rico, according to authorities.
The island is still recovering from the storm that left its mark last weekend and left many residents without electricity or running water.
The death toll could rise as emergency personnel reach the worst-affected areas.
peony hirwaniSeptember 25, 2022 05:00
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declares a state of emergency
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declares a state of emergency in parts of the Sunshine State as another storm approaches.
The governor issued emergency declarations for 24 Florida counties and urged residents to prepare for the next major weather event.
The severity and course of Tropical Depression IX will continue to evolve. Because of this and the potential for dangerous storm surge, heavy rain, strong winds, flash floods, and the potential for isolated hurricane activity, Governor DeSantis has issued a state of emergency for the following 24 counties,” his office announced Friday.
“This storm has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane and we encourage all Florida residents to make their preparations.”
The state’s National Guard has been activated to be on standby, and DeSantis has also called on the federal government to issue an emergency declaration before making landfall as the storm approaches.
Tropical Storm Ian developed over the Central Caribbean this week and is expected to hit Florida as a Category 3 hurricane by the middle of next week.
This comes at a time when Hurricane Fiona continues in Canada.
Rachel Sharp25 September 2022 04:30
Fiona’s Destruction in Pictures:
Damage caused by Post-Tropical Storm Fiona on the Burnt Islands, in Newfoundland and Labrador Province in Canada:
A submerged dwelling off the coast of the burned islands:
Deciduous trees lean on a house in Sydney, Nova Scotia:
Residents stand in floodwaters after Hurricane Fiona passed in Chediac, New Brunswick:
The ruins of Fiona in the Burnt Islands in Newfoundland:
Rachel Sharp25 September 2022 03:30
Fiona named Canada Hurricane Sandy
Fiona has been dubbed the Canadian Hurricane Sandy, with experts warning that it will be one of the most powerful storms his country has ever experienced.
Chris Fogarty, a meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Center, told CNN this week that Fiona “could be the Canadian version of Sandy,” noting the size and intensity of the former hurricane now.
Hurricane Sandy devastated the east coast of the United States in 2012, hitting 24 states including New York and New Jersey.
More than 230 people died and an estimated $78.7 billion in damages were caused.
Rachel Sharp25 September 2022 02:30
Half of Puerto Rico has been without electricity for five days
Half of Puerto Rico has been without power for more than five days after Hurricane Fiona hit the island.
Many on American soil are angry and reluctant, and calls are growing to topple the island’s electricity transmission and distribution company.
Fuel cuts are exacerbating the situation, forcing grocery stores, gas stations and other businesses to close and apartment buildings to be left in the dark due to the lack of diesel fuel for generators.
Many question why it took so long to restore power because Fiona was a Category 1 storm and didn’t affect the entire island, whose rain — not wind — did the most damage.
“It’s not normal,” said Marcel Castro-Cetrich, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez. “They haven’t given a convincing explanation of what the problem is.”
Half of Puerto Rico was without power for more than five days after Hurricane Fiona hit the US mainland — including an entire town not even a single crew reached.
Rachel Sharp25 September 2022 01:30
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