Woman rescued as homes washed to sea after Storm Fiona made landfall in Canada
Winds pick up as Hurricane Fiona hits Nova Scotia
Fiona made landfall in Canada on Saturday morning after devastating Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic earlier this week. The storm, which was downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone on Friday, first barrelled into the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia, with heavy rain drenching the region and hurricane-strength winds downing power lines and trees. As Fiona continued on its destructive path through Canada's eastern seaboard throughout the day, around a dozen homes were washed out to sea off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.
In one terrifying ordeal, a woman had to be rescued from the water when her home collapsed into the sea in the Channel-Port Aux Basques area. Authorities said that they had received a report of another person being swept out to sea but were so far unable to confirm it. This comes as more than half of Puerto Rico remains without power, five days on from when Hurricane Fiona wrought havoc across the island, killing up to eight people.
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Woman rescued as post-tropical cyclone Fiona washes homes out to sea
A woman had to be rescued from the waters as post-tropical cyclone Fiona washed around a dozen homes out to sea off the coast of Canada. The woman, who has not been named, was tossed into the water as her home collapsed in the Channel-Port Aux Basques area of Newfoundland on Saturday, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Newfoundland and Labrador.
A spokesperson for the RCMP said that the woman was pulled to safety and taken to hospital. The extent of her injuries is unknown at this time. The Independent's Rachel Sharp has the full story:
Between eight and 12 homes on the edge of the extreme southwestern tip of Newfoundland are believed to have been washed out to sea since Fiona barrelled into the area on Saturday
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Power outages could last days
Power outages in hard-hit areas could last for several days, officials have warned, as conditions remain too dangerous for crews to begin repairs. Peter Gregg, CEO of Nova Scotia Power, said in a press conference on Saturday that more than 900 power technicians were headed to Nova Scotia, where Fiona first made landfall early on Saturday morning. But, because the province is still enduring an active storm, workers will have to wait to start assessing the damage and restoring power.
"We're working to restore power as quickly as we can, as soon as it's safe to do so," he said. Rachel Sharp24 September 2022 23:301664055042
Florida braces for separate hurricane
As Canada continues to be hammered by post-tropical cyclone Fiona, Florida is bracing for a separate hurricane in the coming days. Nasa called off the launch of its Artemis l moon rocket and Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency across parts of the Sunshine State as Tropical Storm Ian is set to intensify into a powerful hurricane.
The space agency's team announced on Saturday morning that - after holding a planning meeting - they had decided to postpone Tuesday's launch attempt amid concerns about the upcoming extreme weather. "NASA is foregoing a launch opportunity Tuesday, Sept.
27, and preparing for rollback, while continuing to watch the weather forecast associated with Tropical Storm Ian," the agency tweeted on Saturday morning. The postponement of the highly-anticipated event came just hours after Mr DeSantis issued the emergency declaration for 24 Florida counties and urged residents to prepare for the incoming major weather event.
Tropical Storm Ian developed over the Central Caribbean Sea this week and is forecast to hit Florida as a Category 3 hurricane by the middle of next week. The Independent's Rachel Sharp has the full story:
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Map shows Fiona's forecast path across Canada
The Canadian Hurricane Centre has released a map showing the path Fiona is forecast to take across Canada.
The post-tropical cyclone is expected to continue to move northeastward on Saturday and cause damaging wind, waves, and storm surge, the centre said.
(ECCC Canadian Hurricane Centre)
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Woman rescued after Fiona washed home into sea
A woman was rescued from the water after post-tropical storm Fiona washed her home into the sea off the coast of Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Newfoundland and Labrador told the Associated Press that the woman was "tossed into the water as her home collapsed" in the Channel-Port Aux Basques area, at the extreme southwestern tip of Newfoundland. The woman was pulled from the water to safety.
Police said that they had received a report of another person being swept out to sea but that they had been unable to confirm it. Up to 12 homes and other buildings on the edge of the coast are believed to have been washed out to sea. Rachel Sharp24 September 2022 21:001664046942
Justin Trudeau holds incident response meeting
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held an incident response meeting with government officials on Saturday morning about post-tropical cyclone Fiona.
Mr Trudeau tweeted about the meeting on Saturday afternoon and vowed to send resources to affected areas. "I'm thinking of everyone affected by Hurricane Fiona - I want you to know that we're here for you," he said. "I convened an Incident Response Group meeting with Minister @BillBlair and officials this morning.
Our government stands ready to support the provinces with additional resources." Rachel Sharp24 September 2022 20:151664044242
Port aux Basques mayor urges people to stay home: 'This is serious'
The mayor of Port aux Basques has urged people to stay home as Fiona continues to wreak havoc on the area, warning that "this is serious". Brian Button, mayor of the town at the extreme southwestern tip of Newfoundland, published a video message on his Facebook page on Saturday warning people not to leave their homes to photograph the extreme weather event.
"We're still in this storm," he said. "This is serious, I'm serious with you when I am telling you need to stay put." He said that people had been evacuated from places of danger and brought to makeshift shelters, while others should "stay put" in their homes.
"Stay away. This is a state of emergency that we are in," he said. The mayor vowed that the community would "get through this together" and urged anyone who has been displaced to contact the Canadian Red Cross.
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State of emergency declared in CBRM
On Saturday morning, a state of emergency was declared in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) in Nova Scotia, with officials urging residents to shelter in place and avoid all travel. CBRM Mayor Amanda McDougall tweeted: "It is incredibly dangerous out there as Fiona's hurricane winds continue in strength. Please stay home and stay safe.
If you need to be evacuate phone 911." At least 20 people have already been forced to flee their homes in the region and take refuge in shelters which were set up on Friday in anticipation of the rare weather event. One woman was rescued from her home in North Sydney after the heavy winds suddenly blew the roof off her house, reported local outlet CBC.
Meanwhile, a firefighter crew had a lucky escape in Halifax when a tree fell on their fire truck while they were inside. Rachel Sharp24 September 2022 18:451664038842
Fiona makes landfall in Nova Scotia with 'historic, extreme event'
Hurricane Fiona has made landfall in Nova Scotia with the "historic, extreme event" plunging more than 400,000 residents into darkness, fuelling fears of flash flooding across Canada's Atlantic Coast. Fiona, which transformed into a powerful post-tropical cyclone late on Friday, struck the Canadian coast early on Saturday, lashing the region with strong rains and winds of up to 92mph (148 km/h).
Homes in its path were pummelled and power lines downed, leaving more than 415,000 residences in Nova Scotia - around 80 per cent of people in the province - without power on Saturday morning, according to the region's power outage centre. In the hard-hit province of Prince Edward Island, over 82,000 customers were affected, along with around 44,000 in New Brunswick. Hurricane or tropical storm warnings were in place across much of Canada's Atlantic coastline including Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and New Brunswick and parts of Quebec, amid fears that up to 10inches (25cm) of rainfall could result in flash flooding.
The Independent's Rachel Sharp has the full story:
Cape Breton mayor warns that it is 'incredibly dangerous out there' as residents urged to stay home Rachel Sharp24 September 2022 18:001664035242
Trudeau's departure to Japan delayed
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's departure for the funeral of his late counterpart Shinzo Abe in Japan has been delayed as he responds to the storm. He will be receiving briefings on the emergency response and support from the federal government, as well as reaching out to premiers, according to his press secretary Cecely Roy.
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