Fiona sweeps across the east of the country, plunging nearly 370,000 homes into darkness

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Fiona is sweeping across the east, plunging nearly 370,000 households into darkness

Heavy rain and strong winds have begun to affect the Maritimes, particularly Nova Scotia.

The Atlantic provinces are beginning to feel the devastating effects of Fiona. Environment Canada satellite images show heavy rainfall systems engulfed most of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island as well as parts of New Brunswick and the Magdalen Islands .

In its most recent update released shortly before midnight Atlantic Daylight Time, the Canadian Hurricane Center (CHC) reported that already 60 to 90 mm of rain fell on the eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. Widespread amounts of 100 to 200 mm of rain are likely by Saturday evening, according to the CHC.

When a hurricane develops into a post-tropical storm, as a fact Fiona, the system is growing in size, said CHC meteorologist Bob Robichaud on the sidelines of the storm's arrival on Friday. Fiona's classification change doesn't make her any less dangerous, however.

Generalized gusts of 80 to 110 km/h have been reported so far over Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands, notes the federal agency. A maximum gust of 152 km/h was also recorded on Beaver Island, Nova Scotia.

These destructive winds have already plunged 371,339 homes into darkness, most of them of them in Nova Scotia, the hardest hit province at the time of this writing.

Report of customers without electricity by province:

  • New Brunswick: 10,967
  • New -Scotland: 300,003
  • Prince Edward Island: 60,117
  • Quebec: 252

Authorities asking residents of affected areas to stay indoors when passing Fiona and to avoid coastlines and riverbanks. Affected residents should also be prepared to live without power for 72 hours.

Crews from power companies in the four Atlantic provinces and Quebec are on high alert to repair anticipated damage to facilities, but depending on the magnitude of the storm, this could take time.

For an emergency: dial 911

Road conditions

Dial 511 or visit the websites of Quebec, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador

Health information

Call 811 or consult the websites of Quebec, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador

Power outages

  • Quebec: Hydro-Québec, 1 800 790-2424
  • Prince Edward Island: Maritime Electric, 1 -800-670-1012
  • New Brunswick: NB Power, 1-800-663-6272
  • Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Power, 1-877-428-6004
  • Newfoundland -and Labrador: Newfoundland Power, 1-800-474-5711 or NL Hydro 1-888-737-1296

Provincial Emergency Services

  • Emergency Measures Organization of Prince Edward Island: 1-877-894-0385 or on the web
  • New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization: 1-800-561-4034 or online
  • Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office: 1- 866-424-5620 or on the web
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Emergency Services: on the web

Other services

Canadian Red Cross

  • Quebec: 1-877-362-2433< /li>
  • Prince Edward Island: 1-800-222-9597
  • New Brunswick: 1-800-222-9597
  • Nova Scotia: 1-800-222-9597
  • Newfoundland and Labrador:1-80 0-222-9597
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