After battering Bermuda with heavy rain, strong winds and huge waves, Hurricane Fiona is targeting northeastern Canada as forecasters warn of the region’s strongest storm on record.
A hurricane warning remains in effect for the coast of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, the Magdalen Islands and Newfoundland as the US National Hurricane Center predicts hurricane conditions could develop in Atlantic Canada late Friday.
Fiona, now a Category 4 hurricane, is expected to weaken slightly on Friday. The center still expects the storm to become “a large and powerful post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds” as it rips through northeastern Canada, threatening significant coastal flooding and local maximums of three to six inches of rain, up to 10 inches. threatens In some areas.
Parts of Atlantic Canada could see “life-threatening flooding, hurricane-force wind gusts and dangerous storm surges,” AccuWeather said.
Dave Pickles, chief operating officer of utility company Nova Scotia Power, said widespread power outages are also expected.
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Hurricane Fiona’s path, location
As of Friday morning, Fiona was located 125 miles north of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. The cyclone was moving north-northeast at 25 mph.
Before passing through Bermuda, the storm devastated large parts of the Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The Turks and Caicos Islands were also affected by Fiona.
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Hurricanes are relatively rare in Canada, where many storms weaken as they reach colder waters. As a result, AccuWeather meteorologists said Fiona “will likely be the most intense storm on record” in terms of wind gusts.
“This could be the storm of a lifetime for some people,” AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Jonathan Porter said.
Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Amanda McDougall said officials were preparing a shelter ahead of the storm.
Fiona soaked Bermuda on her way to Canada
Hurricane Fiona hit Bermuda early Friday morning with heavy rain and winds as authorities opened shelters and closed schools.
High water levels and “large and destructive waves” are expected to continue in Bermuda on Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday that Fiona was already churning up huge waves as it approached the island with waves of about 50 feet.
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Recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after Fiona
More than 60% of households in Puerto Rico were without power on Thursday. A third remained without water.
Josue Colón, director of Puerto Rico’s Electric Energy Authority, said areas less affected by Fiona should have power as early as Friday, but officials did not say when power would be restored to other areas.
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After destroying roads and bridges and causing mudslides, Fiona left hundreds of Puerto Ricans stranded without basic necessities, including food, water and medicine.
Hurricane Fiona killed at least five people – two in Puerto Rico, two in the Dominican Republic and one on the French island of Guadeloupe.
President Joe Biden said Thursday that he is pledging the full force of the federal government to help the island recover from Fiona.
“We’re with you. We’re not going to walk away,” Biden said.
Contributed by: Associated Press
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