KAWARTHA LAKES-Ashleigh Stewart and her family moved from Fenelon Falls to Summerside PEI just a few months ago and they’ve already lived through a tropical storm. Tropical Cyclone Fiona made landfall overnight with hurricane-force winds up to 150 km/hr in some areas of the east coast.
Up to 500,000 people are without power. The Canadian Hurricane Centre in Dartmouth NS said Fiona set an unofficial record for the lowest ever barometric pressure for a tropical storm making landfall in Canada.
Stewart said it was a long, dark night and many times she wondered if it was a mistake to stay.
“Oh, that definitely crossed my mind a lot in the night but it was too late by then. It was pitch black. You could hear the chaos outside but couldn’t see what was happening. It sounded like a train going through and then you could hear debris scattering,” Stewart told Kawartha 411 News. “Lots of creaking in the house and the rain was coming down so hard at times it sounds like hail but I think it was just the force of it from the wind. I was super happy to see the light of day.”
There are several downed power lines and trees in Summerside. Stewart says she had some flooding in her basement and has no power she feels lucky to have missed the worst of it.
“A lot of ppl got it a lot worse than I did so I’m not about to complain.”
Many streets in her area are blocked with debris but she ventured out this morning and sent us these shots.