Nova Scotia to hold briefing as Fiona storm assessment begins

After reaching major hurricane status, Hurricane Fiona is threatening to make history along Canada’s East Coast. Digital journalist Alicia Draus joins Global News Calgary with the latest from Halifax.

Officials in Nova Scotia are set to hold a briefing Saturday afternoon, as post-tropical storm Fiona continues its destructive journey through eastern Canada.

The briefing will include John Lohr, the minister responsible for the provincial Emergency Management Office, along with other provincial and municipal representatives and service providers, including Nova Scotia Power and the Canadian Red Cross.

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The event begins at 2:30 p.m. and will be live streamed here.

Fiona, a fierce, record-setting storm, toppled a number of trees across the region, with some falling into power lines, cars and houses. There have been multiple reports of blocked and washed out roads as crews begin assessing damage in areas where the storm has already passed.

In a release early Saturday afternoon, the province said Fiona, which made landfall shortly after 3 a.m., is expected to have “continued impacts across Nova Scotia.”

“Assessments are underway, but the effects appear to be greatest in Cape Breton,” the release said.

“Wind gusts ranging from 100 to 140 km/h have been reported, with coastal gusts up to 160 km/h. Rainfall has exceeded 100 mm in some locations, and nearly 150 mm has fallen in the Truro area.”

In a statement shortly after noon, the Nova Scotia Department of Public Works told Global News that a number of toppled trees have impacted access to some roads, and crews are working to clear trees where it is safe to do so.

It said Colchester County was the “most impacted area of mainland Nova Scotia,” with numerous road closures, including Trunk 2 in Brookfield and Trunk 4 in Bible Hill.

There was also coastal flooding along the Northumberland Strait, and a couple of lanes of the Cobequid Pass were closed down.

“The storm is still passing over Cape Breton and an assessment of roads and infrastructure is still ongoing,” the statement said.

More to come.

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Politicians urge Canadians to stay safe as Fiona sweeps across provinces

After reaching major hurricane status, Hurricane Fiona is threatening to make history along Canada’s East Coast. Digital journalist Alicia Draus joins Global News Calgary with the latest from Halifax.

As post-tropical storm Fiona sweeps across Atlantic Canada and Quebec, provincial and federal politicians are sending their thoughts to those who are affected — and asking the public to stay home.

Fiona made landfall in Nova Scotia’s eastern Guysborough County early Saturday morning, according to the Canadian Hurricane Centre. The post-tropical storm will continue to move northeastward throughout the day and is expected to reach Quebec on Sunday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted on Friday evening that the government is monitoring the situation.

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“If you live in the region, I urge you to listen to local authorities,” wrote Trudeau, adding that Public Safety Minister Bill Blair is working with the provinces.

“We’re ready to provide support if needed. Please stay safe,” said Trudeau.

Due to the ongoing impact of the post-tropical storm, Trudeau’s Friday evening trip to Japan was delayed until Sunday. He is expected to attend former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s funeral on Tuesday.

Blair tweeted on Saturday that Fiona is continuing to make its way through Atlantic Canada, with strong winds and heavy rain being felt across the region.

“As we wait for it to pass through, stay inside, follow the advice from your local authorities, and stay safe,” he said.

Local states of emergency have been declared in a number of areas, including Cape Breton Regional Municipality and Victoria County on Saturday morning.

Tim Houston, Nova Scotia premier, published a tweet that asks Nova Scotians to stay close to home if it is safe as the storm makes its way through areas of Cape Breton.

“Please check in on your family, friends and neighbours,” wrote Houston. “Together, we’ll weather the storm. Stay safe everyone.”

In Quebec, Francois Legault, the province’s premier and leader of Coalition Avenir Quebec, said he has suspended his election campaign “until further notice” so the provincial government could focus on dealing with Fiona.

“We’re thinking of the people from Côte-Nord, Gaspésie and the Magdalen Islands. Hurricane Fiona appears to be heading directly towards the Islands,” Legault said. “We’re hoping for the best, but the whole government is staying ready.

“You’re made strong, Madelinots. Know that all of Quebec is with you.”

With power outages caused by post-tropical storm Fiona affecting many Atlantic Canadians, François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, said telecom services are vital.

“I expect all providers to ensure their services are working to the fullest extent possible in these circumstances and to assist each other if services go down,” said Champagne.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said the government continues to monitor the situation and remains in close communication with its emergency response partners.

“Please stay safe and avoid going outdoors when not necessary,” he said.

Former Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole also tweeted his concern for Canadians in Atlantic Canada on Saturday morning.

“Thinking of Atlantic Canada today as they begin to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Fiona,” said O’Toole. “Images out of Port Aux Basques are heartbreaking.”

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Police charge Toronto man with multiple firearm-related offences

A man has been arrested and charged with multiple firearm-related offences in Toronto, police say.

Toronto police said officers arrested a 24-year-old man on Thursday in the area of Queen Street East and Sherbourne Street.

During the arrest, police said they found a 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun with 17 rounds of ammunition.

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Police arrested Garret Grant, from Toronto, and charged him with multiple offences. They include flight while pursued by a peace officer, unauthorized possession of a firearm and failure to comply with probation.

Police said he appeared in court on Friday.

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Man wanted after alleged sexual assault in downtown Toronto, police say

Police are searching for a man after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in downtown Toronto during the early hours of Friday morning.

Toronto police said the incident was reported in the area of Bay Street and Queen Street West at around 3 a.m. on Friday.

Officers alleged a man sexually assaulted a woman before fleeing the scene.

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He is described as clean-shaven with short, black hair. He wore a dark jacket, dark pants and black shoes, police said.

An image was released.

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IN PHOTOS: Scenes of damage as Fiona makes landfall across eastern Canada

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Fiona transformed from a hurricane into a powerful post-tropical cyclone late Friday, damaging homes with strong winds and rain as it made landfall in eastern Canada on Saturday morning.

The storm toppled a number of trees across the region, with some falling into power lines, cars and houses. There have been multiple reports of blocked and washed-out roads as crews begin assessing damage in areas where the storm has already passed.

People work to drag a fallen tree limb from their street as post tropical storm Fiona causes widespread damage in Halifax on Saturday, September 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

People work to drag a fallen tree limb from their street as post tropical storm Fiona causes widespread damage in Halifax on Saturday, September 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Georgina Scott surveys the damage on her street in Halifax as post tropical storm Fiona continues to batter the Maritimes on Saturday, September 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Georgina Scott surveys the damage on her street in Halifax as post tropical storm Fiona continues to batter the Maritimes on Saturday, September 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

A fallen tree rests on a house early in the morning in Halifax on Saturday, September 24, 2022 as post tropical storm Fiona continues to batter the Maritimes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

A fallen tree rests on a house early in the morning in Halifax on Saturday, September 24, 2022 as post tropical storm Fiona continues to batter the Maritimes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Arborists work to clear fallen trees and downed wires from damage caused by post tropical storm Fiona in Halifax on Saturday, September 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Arborists work to clear fallen trees and downed wires from damage caused by post tropical storm Fiona in Halifax on Saturday, September 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Fiona has knocked out power to more than 500,000 customers in Atlantic Canada on Saturday.

More than 415,000 Nova Scotia Power customers — about 80 per cent of the province’s almost 1 million residents — were affected by outages Saturday morning. Over 82,000 customers in the province of Prince Edward Island were also without power, while NB Power in New Brunswick reported 44,329 were without electricity.

The fast-moving Fiona arrived in Nova Scotia before dawn Saturday, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

An arborist works to clear fallen trees and downed wires from damage caused by post tropical storm Fiona in Halifax on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

An arborist works to clear fallen trees and downed wires from damage caused by post tropical storm Fiona in Halifax on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

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An uprooted tree rests against a house in Dartmouth, N.S. on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. Post-tropical storm Fiona hit Nova Scotia in the early hours, knocking out power and disrupting travel across the region. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

An uprooted tree rests against a house in Dartmouth, N.S. on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. Post-tropical storm Fiona hit Nova Scotia in the early hours, knocking out power and disrupting travel across the region. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Ian Livingstone surveys the damage to his house from a fallen tree early in the morning in Halifax on Saturday, September 24, 2022 as post tropical storm Fiona continues to batter the Maritimes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Ian Livingstone surveys the damage to his house from a fallen tree early in the morning in Halifax on Saturday, September 24, 2022 as post tropical storm Fiona continues to batter the Maritimes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

The Canadian Hurricane Centre tweeted early Saturday that Fiona has the lowest pressure ever recorded for a storm making landfall in Canada. Forecasters had warned it could be one of the most powerful storms to hit the country.

A state of local emergency has been declared by the mayor and council of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality amid widespread power outages, road closures and damage to homes.

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“There are homes that have been significantly damaged due to downed trees, big old trees falling down and causing significant damage. We’re also seeing houses that have their roofs have completely torn off, windows breaking in. There is a huge amount of debris in the roadways,” Amanda McDougall, mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality, told The Associated Press.

“There is a lot of damage to belongings and structures but no injuries to people as of this point. Again we’re still in the midst of this,” she said. “It’s still terrifying. I’m just sitting here in my living room and it feels like the patio doors are going to break in with those big gusts. It’s loud and it is shocking.”

–With files from The Associated Press and Global News’ Alex Cooke 

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Ocean swallows homes as Fiona batters Port aux Basques, N.L., residents say

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Residents of Port aux Basques, N.L., have taken to social media to share images of their homes crumpling into the ocean as post-tropical storm Fiona batters the region.

The storm made landfall early Saturday morning, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake and slamming the region with severe wind and heavy rain. Hundreds of thousands have been left without power in eastern Canada.

Port aux Basques is under a “state of emergency,” the Newfoundland and Labrador RCMP shared in a tweet just after 10 a.m. ET.

“First responders are dealing with multiple electrical fires, residential flooding and washouts,” the tweet read.

“Residents are asked to obey evacuation orders and to find a safe place to weather the storm.”

The town’s mayor, Brian Button, confirmed to The Canadian Press that some houses have been washed away amid high winds and surging seas.

In a post shared to Facebook, at least one home can be seen floating away in the flooded waters.

“My heart is so broken for everyone in Port Aux Basques right now,” wrote Amanda Kirkpatrick, who posted the photo.

 

Wreckhouse Press, an independent community newspaper and book publisher in Newfoundland, also shared multiple images of the destruction.

A home can be seen teetering on the edge of a small cliff in an image the newspaper described as “the view from (their) office window right now.” The image was posted at 7:24 a.m. ET.

 

Another user shared an image on Twitter of a home with half of the land below it washed away into the ocean.

Near Port aux Basques, residents of the town of Burnt Islands shared similar images of destruction. One Twitter user shared a number of images where structures can be seen floating away in open water — one of which he described as his “family shed.”

Burnt Islands declared a State of Emergency on Saturday morning on their Facebook page, urging residents to stay in their homes unless they’re in danger.

“Please do not be out on the roads as they are unsafe at this time,” the post reads.

“If you have an emergency or need assistance, please call the fire department pagers at 698 3000 or call the town office.”

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Police search for 2 suspected of breaking into building, stealing a TV in Toronto

Police in Toronto are searching for a man and a woman after a large television was allegedly stolen in the city’s east end.

Toronto police said two people allegedly broke into a building in the area of Main and Gerrard streets at around 5:01 a.m. on Thursday morning and stole a large, flat-screen television.

Officers are now searching for a man and a woman, Toronto police said.

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The man is described as six-feet tall and slim build. He was wearing a dark toque, light hooded sweater, dark pants and white shoes during the incident. Police said he was wearing a cross-body bag with reflective stripes.

Police said the woman was five-feet, six-inches tall with long, blonde hair. She wore a light toque, light hooded sweater, shorts and sandals at the time of the incident, police said.

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Woman found dead inside Vaughan house after fire, homicide detectives investigating

A homicide investigation has been launched after a woman was found dead inside a Vaughan house on Friday evening, police say.

York Regional Police said emergency services were called to a fire in the area of Parktree Drive and Lucena Crescent at around 7:45 p.m. on Friday evening.

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Officers arrived to find an “unresponsive female victim” inside the home. She was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to police.

Police said there was no threat to public safety and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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Man with life-threatening injuries after shooting in Vaughan on Saturday morning

Police are investigating a shooting in Vaughan on Saturday morning.

In a tweet, York Regional Police said they were called to the area of Highway 7 and Interchange Way near the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre for reports of a shooting.

Police said the call came at around 3:30 a.m., with reports of gun shots fired.

Officers said a man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

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Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have video footage that could aid the investigation to get in touch.

“Investigators are appealing witnesses to come forward who may have been in the area at the time of the incident and have not yet spoken to police,” police said.

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As Fiona slams into Canada, Legault pauses Quebec election campaign

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Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault has suspended his election campaign until further notice to focus on Fiona, the very powerful post-tropical storm hitting Atlantic Canada as well as parts of Quebec.

Legault, the incumbent premier, said Friday evening they were hoping for the best in the areas of the province expected to feel the impact, but added the provincial government was ready to deal with the situation.

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In Quebec, post-tropical storm Fiona is expected to hit the Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Gaspe and the province’s Lower North Shore, with the brunt of the impact expected from Saturday to Sunday morning.

Legault says given the circumstances, he cancelled all planned activities for today and suspended the campaign until further notice.

For their part, Quebec solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois said a press conference in Montreal today had been cancelled and the party would reassess as the situation evolves.

Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade said she was closely monitoring the situation in the affected regions but did not say whether she would suspend activities.

Conservative Party of Quebec Leader Eric Duhaime’s team sent an agenda for today that included a press conference and campaigning in his Quebec City-area riding.

Parti Quebecois Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon has already suspended his own campaign on Friday because of flu-like symptoms.

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