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Canada braces for powerful storm as Hurricane Fiona brushes past Bermuda on trek north

Canadians dwelling alongside the jap shoreline are battening down earlier than the arrival of what might be essentially the most {powerful} storm to ever strike the nation.

Hurricane Fiona hurtled previous Bermuda Friday morning with most sustained wind speeds topping off at 125 mph, in line with the Nationwide Hurricane Heart. The storm was downgraded from a Class 4 hurricane because it made its method alongside the island, however continues to be anticipated to lash the nation with extreme rain and intense winds because it continues its trek north, towards Canada.

The large storm system will seemingly make landfall alongside Canada’s Atlantic shoreline as a “massive and {powerful} post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds,” the Nationwide Hurricane Heart mentioned. It has triggered a hurricane watch for big swaths of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

“It’s going to be a storm that everybody remembers when it’s all mentioned and completed,” mentioned Bob Robichaud, warning preparedness meteorologist for the Canadian Hurricane Centre.

Hurricanes are uncommon in Canada, partially as a result of the storm’s core cools when it reaches colder waters — stripping it of its important power supply — which leads to an extratropical storm system. However whereas Fiona might not be a hurricane when it makes landfall within the nation Saturday morning, it nonetheless has the potential to be “very harmful” for the area. Such cyclones nonetheless boast hurricane-strength winds, however with a chilly core as an alternative of a heat one and no seen eye.

Forecasters have warned of winds in extra of 100 mph and flooding rainfall of as much as 10 inches for a lot of the Canadian coast. Massive waves, particularly for the Atlantic coasts of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and jap parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, triggered by the storm are additionally seemingly.

“Each Nova Scotian must be getting ready as we speak and bracing for affect,” John Lohr, the minister accountable for the provincial Emergency Administration Workplace, mentioned in a information convention.

“The storm is anticipated to carry extreme and damaging wind gusts, very excessive waves, and coastal storm surges, intense and harmful rainfall charges and extended energy outages,” Lohr mentioned.

As of 8 a.m. Friday, the middle of the storm was positioned 125 miles north of Bermuda and 730 miles south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the place it’s anticipated to make landfall Saturday morning.

Earlier than reaching Bermuda early Friday, Hurricane Fiona slammed into Puerto Rico on Sunday, some 5 years after Hurricane Maria knocked out energy throughout the island nation. In response to outages.com, greater than 1,000,000 residents remained with out energy early Friday.

Fiona to date has been blamed for no less than 5 deaths — two in Puerto Rico, two within the Dominican Republic and one on the French island of Guadeloupe.

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