Fiona, now a post-tropical cyclone after a destructive run as a hurricane, has already washed away homes, toppled trees and left thousands without power in Atlantic Canada after the storm made landfall early Saturday.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre called Fiona a “historic storm for eastern Canada” and a “potential landmark weather event” in a region where hurricanes are rare. Many storms weaken when they reach colder waters.

Fiona is expected to continue to gradually weaken over the next few days.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Atlantic Canada remained without power Sunday and Canadian officials continue to assess the scope of the devastation. Fiona brought widespread power outages. 

More than 400,000 Nova Scotia Power customers had been affected by outages Saturday, the company reported.

As of Sunday evening, more than 211,000 Nova Scotia Power customers and over 81,000 Maritime Electric customers in the province of Prince Edward Island were without power. So were more than 20,600 homes and businesses in New Brunswick.

Nova Scotia Power was able to restore power to over 225,000 customers Sunday evening.

Where is Fiona?

After making landfall in eastern Nova Scotia Saturday morning, Fiona moved north and over the eastern Gulf of St. Lawrence on Saturday evening. As of Sunday afternoon, the storm is departing the Labrador Sea.

Before passing through Bermuda on Friday, the storm devastated large swaths of the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Officials in Bermuda reported no serious damage.

At least five people have died after Hurricane Fiona — two in Puerto Rico, two in the Dominican Republic and one in the French island of Guadeloupe.

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Georgina Scott surveys the damage on her street in Halifax as post tropical storm Fiona continues to batter the area on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. Strong rains and winds lashed the Atlantic Canada region as Fiona closed in early Saturday as a big, powerful post-tropical cyclone, and Canadian forecasters warned it could be one of the most severe storms in the country's history.

Storm washes homes away, collapses roofs

As Fiona ripped through Atlantic Canada, it washed away homes, toppled trees and power lines, and tore roofs off houses. One death was confirmed.

Authorities found the body of a 73-year-old woman in the water who was missing in Channel-Port Aux Basques, a town on the southern coast of Newfoundland, late Sunday afternoon.

Canadian police said the woman was last seen inside the residence moments before a wave struck the home Saturday morning, tearing away a portion of the basement.

Brian Button, mayor of Channel-Port Aux Basques, said houses were already being washed away by floodwaters, and residents were fleeing to higher grounds.

“I’m seeing homes in the ocean,” said René J. Roy, a resident of Channel-Port Aux Basques and chief editor at Wreckhouse Press. “I’m seeing rubble floating all over the place. It’s complete and utter destruction. There’s an apartment that is gone, that is literally just rubble.”

A woman in Channel-Port Aux Basques was rescued after being “tossed into the water as her home collapsed,” said Jolene Garland, a spokeswoman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Newfoundland and Labrador.

This September 24, 2022, image courtesy of Michael King, special advisor to Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey, and his family, shows damaged caused by post-tropical storm Fiona on the Burnt Islands, in the Newfoundland and Labrador Province of Canada. - Fiona knocked out power to more than 500,000 households as it lashed eastern Canada with strong winds and heavy rain on Saturday, electricity providers said. In the province of Novia Scotia alone, at least 400,000 households lost electricity after Fiona, downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical storm but still packing winds of 85 miles per hour, made landfall, Novia Scotia Power reported.

Amanda McDougall, mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality, also said there were downed trees, torn-off roofs and debris scattered through roadways in her area. Mike Savage, mayor of Nova Scotia’s capital, Halifax, told CNN that 100 people were displaced when an apartment roof collapsed.

Police in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island reported downed trees and posted photos of the damage on Twitter, including one that shows the roof of a home collapsed.