Powerful storm Fiona battered eastern Canada on Saturday with hurricane-force winds and torrential rains, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power.
The National Hurricane Center said Post-Tropical Cyclone Fiona made landfall early Saturday morning on the northeast corner of mainland Nova Scotia. It added Fiona had maximum sustained winds of 81 mph, peaking at times of over 100 mph.
Canadian Hurricane Center said Fiona was one of the lowest pressured land falling storms ever to hit Canada. For some context, lower the pressure means stronger the storm.
As of 0800 ET, the storm was 160 miles northeast of Halifax, packing winds of 85 mph and barreling north at around 23 mph.
According to Nova Scotia Power, over 400,000 people across the province of about one million were without power as of 0800 ET.
414k out in #NovaScotia 82%
84k out in #PrinceEdwardIsland 100%
44k out in #NewBrunswick 11%
Due to Post-Tropical Cyclone #Fiona.
[2022-09-24 7AM EDT]https://t.co/I0brbykAAk#PowerOutage #fionacanada pic.twitter.com/5hcf6TPul3
— PowerOutage.com (@PowerOutage_com) September 24, 2022
... and there goes the internet.
⚠️ Confirmed: Internet access has been knocked out in #Canada's Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and New Brunswick amid power cuts as post-tropical storm #Fiona makes landfall, in what @ECCC_CHC describes as "a historic, extreme event"