Hurricane Fiona as it approached the Canadian East Coast.
26 Sep 2022

Powerful hurricanes hit the North American east coast


As Hurricane Ian strikes Florida, Hurricane Fiona already hit Puerto Rico, left two dead in the Dominican Republic - and finally headed up the coast to Eastern Canada. 

Homes have been destroyed, entire buildings swept away, roads are washed out and one women is reported having been swept out to sea in Newfoundland.  

Hundreds of thousands of people have been left without power, after Storm Fiona hit Canada's coastline on Friday and Saturday, reports the CBC. 

Fiona was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm on Friday. Still, three provinces experienced heavy rain and winds of up to 160km/h (99mph). 

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality and neighbouring Victoria County  declared a local state of emergency and are asking residents to stay at home, unless where they are staying isn't safe.

Most of the province of  Prince Edward Island was without power on Saturday. Near the coastline of the most exposed areas, homes have been demolished and swept out to sea. 

The highest rainfall totals were in Osborne Head near Eastern Passage, where 192 millimetres fell.

Thousands of people huddled in shelters Friday and Saturday as the storm passed. 

Communities in southwestern Newfoundland have been hit by significant damage, including lost homes, flooding and road washouts. 

Before Fiona was downgraded to a tropical storm, experts called the event "historical', meaning it was expected to be possibly the largest hurricane to ever hit Canada. Evaluations of the severity of the damages are ongoing.  

It is considered unusual for tropical storms to retains such strength when they reach as far north as the Canadian East Coast, as they normally weaken with distance.  


Hurricane Ian struck Florida downgraded as a tropical storm 

Hurricane Ian, another tropical event, left all of Cuba without electrical power on Tuesday. and reached Florida as a Category 4 Storm by Wednesday. Millions of people in Florida have been preparing for evacuation, and by Thursday 2,5 million people in Florida were without electrical power. 

According to the CBC, Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency throughout the state of Florida and urged residents to prepare for the storm.

U.S. President Joe Biden also declared an emergency, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief and provide assistance. 


Typhoon Nanmadol hit Japan

Last week CTIF.org wrote about Typhoon Nanmadol, which was allegedly the largest storm to have hit Japan ever. As many as 9 million people were at one point told to prepare to evacuate. 

By Tuesday, Typhoon Nanmadol was downgraded to a cyclone and many of the evacuation orders were recalled. According to the BBC, four people have died and at least 114 were injured.