The storm named Fiona slammed into Canada’s eastern seaboard with hurricane-force winds and torrential rainfall. The powerful storm left an “unprecedented” trail of destruction like a complete war zone. The Canadian Hurricane Centre tweeted that Fiona had the lowest pressure ever recorded for a storm making landfall in Canada. Powerful winds toppled trees. Homes collapsed and power was knocked out for hundreds of thousands of people. Communication networks were affected across the province. The storm ripped a path of destruction in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
A Halifax apartment complex’s roof collapsed, forcing about 100 people to leave for a shelter, Mayor Mike Savage declared. Premier Tim Houston said Sunday that “getting roads cleared, giving space to the crews to do what needs to be done, that’s the most important thing right now.” First responders there were dealing with multiple electrical fires, residential flooding and washouts. Officials warned that in some cases it would take weeks before essential services are fully restored. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the government approved Nova Scotia’s request for federal assistance and that Canadian Armed Forces will be deployed to help out in the region. Justin Trudeau already canceled his trip to Japan for the funeral for assassinated former prime minister Shinzo Abe.Canadian troops are being sent to assist the recovery from the devastation. The federal minister of emergency preparedness, Bill Blair, said there was very extensive damage at the airport in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The defense minister, Anita Anand, said that troops would help remove fallen trees and other debris, restore transportation links and do whatever else was required for as long as it took. There was no confirmation of any fatalities or serious injuries in Canada.