A hurricane expected to develop into a massive post-tropical storm will bring hurricane-force winds, heavy rain and large waves to Atlantic Canada, meteorologists said Friday, warning it could be one of the most violence in the country’s history. .
Hurricane Fiona, which had weakened somewhat to a Category 3 storm, was expected to make landfall in eastern Nova Scotia early Saturday morning, according to the Canadian Hurricane Center, which had issued a warning. hurricane over large stretches of coast of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
Fiona’s eye will approach Nova Scotia late Friday and move into the Gulf of St. Lawrence by Saturday, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory released early Friday. evening. It will reach the Labrador Sea late Sunday afternoon.
“Fiona is expected to be a powerful hurricane-force cyclone as it moves through Atlantic Canada,” the NHC wrote, adding that parts of Atlantic Canada could experience “dangerous storm surge.”
As of 5 p.m. EDT Friday, the NHC said Fiona had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph. It was centered about 370 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, heading northeast at 40 mph.
Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and western Newfoundland could receive 3 to 6 inches of rain from Fiona, the NHC reported. Labrador and eastern Quebec could get 2 to 5 inches.
“This will definitely be one of, if not the strongest, tropical cyclone to affect our part of the country,” said Ian Hubbard, meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Center in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. “It’s definitely going to be as bad and as bad as anything I’ve seen.”
Nova Scotia authorities have sent an emergency alert to phones warning of Fiona’s arrival and urging people to say indoors, avoid shorelines, charge devices and have enough supplies to at least 72 hours. Officials warned of prolonged power outages, wind damage to trees and structures, coastal flooding and possible road washouts.
A hurricane warning was in effect for Nova Scotia from Hubbards to Brule; Prince Edward Island; Isle-de-la-Madeleine; and Newfoundland from Parson’s Pond to Francois.
People across Atlantic Canada were stocking up on last-minute essentials and protecting their properties from storms on Friday before arrival.
At the Samsons Enterprises shipyard in the small Acadian community of Petit-de-Grat on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, Jordan David was helping his friend Kyle Boudreau moor his lobster boat “Bad Influence,” hoping that it would not be lifted and broken by the winds.
“All we can do is hope for the best and prepare as best we can. There is something coming, and how much remains to be determined,” David said, wearing his waterproof gear. ‘outside.
Kyle Boudreau said he was worried.
“It’s our livelihood. Our boats break, our traps break…these are things you don’t need to start your season next year,” he said.
Hurricanes in Canada are quite rare, in part because once the storms reach colder waters, they lose their main source of energy. and become extratropical. But these cyclones can still have hurricane-force winds, but with a cold core instead of a warm core and no eye visible. Their shape can also be different. They lose their symmetrical shape and may look more like a comma.
Bob Robichaud, meteorologist in charge of warning preparedness at the Canadian Hurricane Center, told a press conference that modeling predicted “all-weather” low pressure in the region, which would bring storm surges and rainfall of 10 to 20 centimeters (4 to 8 inches).
Amanda McDougall, mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, said officials were preparing shelter for people to enter before the storm hits.
“We’ve been through these types of events before, but my fear is not that much,” she said. “The impacts are going to be significant, real and immediate.”
Dave Pickles, chief operating officer of Nova Scotia Power, said he expected widespread power outages.
So far, Fiona has been charged with at least five deaths – two in Puerto Rico, two in the Dominican Republic and one on the French island of Guadeloupe.
Fiona was a Category 4 hurricaneand winds earlier Friday. Authorities there opened shelters and closed schools and offices. National Security Minister Michael Weeks said no major damage was reported.
Before reaching Bermuda, Fiona caused severe flooding and devastation in Puerto Rico, leading US President Joe Bidenthat the full force of the federal government is ready to help the American territory recover.
Speaking at a briefing with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in New York, Mr Biden said: “We are all in this together.”
Mr. Biden noted that hundreds of FEMA and other federal officials are already on the ground in Puerto Rico, where Fiona caused an island-wide blackout.
More than 60% of electricity customers were left without power on Thursday and a third of customers were without water, while local officials said they could not say when service would be fully restored.
Since Friday, hundreds of people inremained isolated by blocked roads five days after the hurricane devastated the island. Frustration was mounting for people like Nancy Galarza, who tried to seek help from work crews she spotted in the distance.
“Everyone is going out there,” she said, pointing to crews at the base of the mountain helping others also cut off by the storm. “No one comes here to see us. I’m worried about all the older people in this community.”
At least five landslides covered the narrow road leading to his community in the rugged mountains around the northern town of Caguas. The only way to reach the settlement was to climb over thick mounds of mud, rocks and debris left by Fiona, whose floodwaters shook the foundations of nearby homes with earthquake-like force.
At least eight of Caguas’ 11 communities were completely isolated, said Luis González, municipal inspector of recovery and reconstruction.
It was one of at least six municipalities where crews had yet to reach certain areas. People there often depend on help from neighbors, as they did after Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm in 2017 that killed nearly 3,000 people.
Danciel Rivera arrived in rural Caguas with a religious group and tried to bring some joy by dressing up as a clown.
“It’s very important in these times,” he said, noting that people never fully recovered from Hurricane Maria.
His huge clown shoes squashed in the mud as he greeted people, whose faces lit up when they smiled at him.
Meanwhile, the NHCin the Caribbean could reach Florida by Monday, potentially in the form of a hurricane, and cause flash flooding. In response to Tropical Depression 9, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency. The storm was expected to bring heavy rain to Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands before reaching southern Florida.