Storm Fiona cuts power to over 500 000 homes on Canada's east coast

The powerful storm has Fiona slammed into Canada’s Atlantic coast, knocking out electricity to greater than 500,000 homes. Police have described the strong winds and heavy rains within the country’s east as nothing they’d ever seen.

Though downgraded from a hurricane, Fiona still packed gusts of 137 kilometres per hour because it barreled ashore within the early hours of Saturday, after first battering the Caribbean.

On Prince Edward Island, some 82,000 households lost power. Electricity lines were pulled down and fallen trees punctured roofs.

Severe weather warnings are in place for much of the east coast.

Rainfall of as much as 125 millimetres was recorded in Nova Scotia and waves of as much as 12 metres too.


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