Hurricane Fiona Huge waves kick up As it approaches Bermuda, where weather conditions are expected to deteriorate on Friday The storm is moving towards Atlantic Canada.
Fiona’s journey to the north comes after the storm ravaged Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands, where many residents remained without power and water days after Fiona hit.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported waves of about 50 feet when a Celdrone took off in the Atlantic on Thursday.
According to the National Hurricane Center, a hurricane warning is in effect for Bermuda as Category 4 Hurricane Fiona approaches. Hurricane conditions are expected in Bermuda from Thursday night into Friday morning, which could result in high coastal waters, possible power outages and about two to four inches of rain.
Fiona is expected to bring “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions” to the northeastern US coast, the center said.
On Friday morning, Fiona was located less than 200 miles west-southwest of Bermuda and moving north-northeast at 21 mph with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, the center said. The storm is expected to move west of the island on Thursday night before approaching the Canadian province of Nova Scotia on Friday. By Saturday, it will be near Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
Hurricane Fiona targets Atlantic Canada
Although the storm is expected to weaken Friday, Fiona is still forecast to become “a large and strong post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds” when it hits Canada, according to the National Hurricane Center.
A hurricane watch has been issued for parts of Atlantic Canada, including the coast of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, the Magdalen Islands and Newfoundland, according to the centre.
The center’s forecast calls for three to six inches of rain, with local maximums of 10 inches, in these areas, potentially causing significant flooding.
Atlantic Canada is expected to “bear the full brunt of Hurricane Fiona’s impact this weekend” with some areas at risk of “extreme damage”. AccuWeather Dr.
“Fiona will bring widespread power outages with strong winds, heavy rain and isolated storm surges, and widespread power outages along the coast and along the Gulf of St. Lawrence,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Anderson said.
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Days after Fiona hit Puerto Rico, about 62% of the 1.47 million power customers were without power Thursday, and a third of customers — more than 400,000 — were without water service.
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.
Josue Colón, director of Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority, said power should be restored as early as Friday in areas less affected by Fiona, but officials did not say when power would return to other areas.
More businesses, including grocery stores and gas stations, are closing temporarily as power outages drag on. Many residents are concerned about the availability of fuel and basic goods.
Gasoline was unavailable in Salinas after all gas stations closed Wednesday, according to community leader Wanda Rios Colorado.
Puerto Rico’s Department of Consumer Affairs says there is no fuel shortage, but flooding, landslides and island-wide power outages are disrupting the system.
Some fuel stations were unable to reopen or refill early in the storm, officials said.
80% of Puerto Rico’s crops were also destroyed by Fiona, including coffee crops that successfully reached their peak harvest after Maria, according to humanitarian NGO Mercy Corps.
After destroying roads and bridges and triggering mudslides, Fiona left hundreds of Puerto Ricans stranded as authorities worked with religious groups and nonprofits to deliver essential food, water and medicine to reach areas devastated by the storm.
Nino Correa, commissioner of Puerto Rico’s emergency management agency, estimated at least six municipalities were cut off by the storm.
Contributed by: Associated Press