Classified as a Category 4 hurricane, Fiona has already killed at least 10 people over Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. It is currently continuing its spectacular ascent towards Canada, packing winds of up to 210 km/h. Nova Scotia is particularly at risk of receiving winds greater than 200 mm and 150 km/h in places.
Risks and expected effects
Currently, NOAA predicts that Fiona will become a Category 2 hurricane that will make landfall in Canada sometime Friday night into Saturday. If so, it will be only the third time in history that a Category 2 hurricane has hit Nova Scotia. The last time was Juan in 2003.
That being said, its effects can be significant: floods, flash floods and damage from strong winds of up to 150 km/h can occur. Areas close to water bodies are particularly prone to bad weather due to tidal waves.
Dangers of power outages
Iles-de-la-Madeleine is likely to experience major power outages over the weekend due to particularly strong winds and storms. Lower risks of experiencing such disruptions also apply to parts of Quebec.