September 25, 2023

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Hurricane Fiona is expected to hit the Atlantic provinces this weekend

Hurricane Fiona is expected to hit the Atlantic provinces this weekend

(Halifax) said the Canadian Hurricane Centre FionaCurrently a Category 3 hurricane, it could hit Atlantic Canada this weekend and bring heavy rain, damaging winds and flooding.

Posted at 4:11 pm

To this extent, the Center said in a statement on Tuesday Fiona It is expected to become a “large and powerful” post-tropical storm and make landfall on Saturday, affecting coastal areas.

Canadian Hurricane Center meteorologist Ian Hubbard said in an interview that he hopes so Fiona It will bring significant rainfall and “very strong and possibly damaging winds” to parts of the region.

Forecasts from the storm suggest Fiona Hubbard said it would pass near or to the east of Cape Breton. “So in terms of significant impacts, we’re talking about eastern Nova Scotia,” he said, adding that most of the province could be affected.

The warning applies to eastern New Brunswick, from the Chalur region to Moncton and southeast, and covers almost all of Nova Scotia.

The Center suggests that Fiona Prince Edward Island and Quebec’s Magdalen Islands should also be affected before reaching Newfoundland.

Mr Hubbard said the storm’s size was likely to increase as the storm transitioned from a cyclone to a post-tropical cyclone, meaning “the area of ​​influence is likely to increase”. As the storm will not reach the region for several days, its path and impact are uncertain. “At this point, details are scarce,” the meteorologist said.

Mr. Hubbard advised residents to pay close attention to the weather forecast and prepare for potential impact as the weekend approaches. Fiona.

PEI Public Safety Minister Darlene Compton said islanders should make sure their emergency plans are up to date and medical kits are stocked.

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“That means making sure we have enough supply for at least 72 hours,” she said in a press release. It is also important that we look out for our loved ones and neighbors who need extra help to prepare for something Fiona was able to bring »

Much of Atlantic Canada could experience heavy rain and winds ahead of Saturday’s storm, Ian Hubbard said.

Fiona It wreaked havoc in Puerto Rico last weekend and hit the Turks and Caicos Islands earlier Tuesday.