After a week of wreaking havoc on several Caribbean islands, Hurricane Fiona is heading towards eastern Canada, where it is expected to become a “landmark weather event”.
The deadly storm first passed through Bermuda on Thursday before moving northeast towards Canada. Those in the path of the storm have been urged to be on high alert after Fiona devastated Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos Islands and other parts of the Caribbean over the past week.
The Canadian Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
Fiona will be a historic severe storm for eastern Canada, bringing dangerous flooding, hurricane-force winds and storm surges beginning Saturday, according to forecasters at AccuWeather.
The storm “is shaping up to be a severe event for Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec,” Canadian Hurricane Center officials said Thursday. Hurricanes in Canada are extremely rare as storms generally lose momentum once they encounter colder waters.
Late Thursday, Fiona withstood winds of up to 125 mph (205 km/h) and flew northeast at 25 mph (41 km/h).
As of Friday, the storm had evolved into a Category 3 storm, although it’s likely that it will no longer be classified as a hurricane by the time it makes landfall in Nova Scotia this weekend.
With the storm comes the possibility of massive, 50-foot waves offshore, forecasters are forecasting. Officials are also warning of the possibility that hurricane-force winds will cause downed trees and widespread power outages in the area.
Fiona left massive damage in its wake and claimed the lives of at least eight people. Much of Puerto Rico remains without power, and many people still don’t have running water since the storm hit the island on Sunday.
Some parts of Puerto Rico received over 30 inches of rain during the storm, while in the Dominican Republic the massive amount of flooding completely destroyed thousands of homes. Hundreds of thousands of people there are still without electricity and running water.
As Fiona moves away from the Caribbean, another tropical storm has formed over the central Caribbean Sea, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm, which will be named Hermione, is expected to bring heavy rain to Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, northern Venezuela and northern Colombia, and could head for Cuba and enter the Gulf of Mexico early next week.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/09/23/hurricane-fiona-heads-toward-canada-after-devastating-puerto-rico-17437587/ Hurricane Fiona passes through Bermuda and heads to Canada after devastating Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic