Storm Dorian on Saturday made landfall in the Canadian province of Novo Scotia as a post-tropical cyclone, days after it hit the Bahamas as a Category5 hurricane causing widespread devastation to the archipelago.
The powerful storm hit Halifax with winds of 160kmh, toppling trees and cutting power to more than 450,000 homes, the BBC reported.
Canada’s Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said that the military would be deployed to help recovery efforts.
The storm’s estimated maximum sustained winds were 100 mph (155 km/h) when it made landfall 15 miles (25 km) south of Halifax, according to the National Hurricane Center. Dorian is moving northeast at 30 mph.
Early on Sunday, the storm is expected to pass over northern Newfoundland and eastern Labrador.
“The loss of its hurricane status refers to the fact that it no longer has a warm core”, CNN meteorologist Gene Norman said.
Dorian’s nearly two-week path has unleashed devastation in the Bahamas, where it flattened homes and swept away neighbourhoods that left at least 43 people dead.
UN officials said about 70,000 people on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands were in need of assistance.
(With IANS inputs)