US News: Lead 1-La Storm Fiona strikes the east coast of Canada, considerable damage

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Tempete-Fiona/ (Lead 1, photo, TV): Lead 1-La Storm Fiona strikes the east coast of Canada, considerable damage

( Updated with Justin Trudeau's declaration)

Halifax, New Scotland, September 24 (Reuters) - The Fiona storm swept the east coast of Canada on Saturday, immersed hundreds of thousands of households in the dark and caused significant damage.

The old hurricane, which caused significant damage in the Caribbean a week ago, reached the Gulf of St. Lawrence after having snatched many electric trees and pylons in Nova Scotia and on the island of the Prince -Adouard.

After its passage, 69% of New Scotland subscribers were still deprived of electricity, or 360,720 customers, and 95% of those of the island of Prince-Edouard, or 82,000. The mobile telephony services have also been disrupted and many road axes have been cut.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the Fiona storm had caused significant damage and that the reconstructions were going to assume a "big effort".

He added that the armed forces would be deployed to help clean and that federal aid will be granted to Nova Scotia.

According to the Hurricane Center of the United States (NHC), Fiona still generated winds blowing in a burst at 140 km/h when she reached the Gulf of St. Lawrence around 8:00 am local (12:00 GMT), although she has been significantly weakened since she touched earth.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was forced to delay his departure for Japan, where he must attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to keep up to date with the evolution of the situation, said the manager of his press service on Twitter.

The two main airlines in the country, Air Canada and Westjet Airlines, had suspended all their regional flights on Friday evening.

According to the CBC channel, the police opened an investigation into a woman who was swept away by the sea.

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