Rene Roy, the editor-in-chief at a community newspaper in Newfoundland, told CNN that Fiona is the worst storm he's ever experienced.
"I've lived through Hurricane Juan, and that was a foggy day compared to this monster," Roy, who is based in hard-hit Port aux Basques, said. "This is unreal."
The 50-year-old, who leads the region's Wreckhouse Press newspaper, said there are uprooted trees and homes washed away by the storm surge.
"I have seen wind that has pulled trees out of the ground, homes swept away by water, homes that have been lost to the ocean," he said. Roy said he counted at least eight homes that washed away, and he believes there could be more.
"I've seen a boat in the middle of a playground. Cabins and swing sets floating by. It is surreal what is happening here," he told CNN.
When Roy woke up at 6 a.m. ET and looked out his window, he expected to see Channel Head, an island off the southern tip of Port aux Basques. But it was nowhere to be seen, overtaken by the storm surge.
"Nobody in Newfoundland has seen that before. That woke me up in a heartbeat. That was terrifying," he said.
Roy fled his house and is now staying with his cousin on higher ground. He doesn't know if his home is still standing. Emergency personnel stopped him from driving back to check on the property, telling him it was unsafe.