After a week of bringing mass destruction to several Caribbean islands, Hurricane Fiona is headed toward eastern Canada, where it is expected to become a ‘landmark weather event.’
The deadly storm first passed Bermuda on Thursday before heading northeast toward Canada. Those in the storm’s path have been told to be on high alert after Fiona wrecked havoc on Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos and other parts of the Caribbean this past week.
The Canadian Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for the coastal portions of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
Fiona will be a historically severe storm for eastern Canada, bringing dangerous flooding, hurricane-force winds and storm surges beginning Saturday, according to AccuWeather meteorologists.
The storm ‘is shaping up to be a severe event for Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec,’ officials with the Canadian Hurricane Center said Thursday. Hurricanes in Canada are extremely rare, as storms generally lose momentum once they hit colder waters.
Late Thursday, Fiona sustained winds as strong as 125 mph (205 kph) and was headed northeast at 25 mph (41 kph).
By Friday, the storm had transitioned down to a Category 3 storm, though its likely it will no longer be categorized as a hurricane by the time it makes landfall in Nova Scotia this weekend.
With the storm comes the possibility of massive, 50-foot-tall waves off the coast, forecasters predict. Officials also are warning of the possibility that hurricane force winds will bring downed trees and widespread power outages to the region.
Fiona has left massive damage in its path, and has taken the lives of at least eight people. Much of Puerto Rico remains without electricity, 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, whereas in the Dominican Republic the massive amount of flooding completely destroyed thousands of homes. There, hundreds of thousands of people are still without electricity and running water.
As Fiona moves away from the Caribbean, another tropical storm has started to form over the central Caribbean Sea, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm, which will be named Hermine, is expected to bring heavy rain to Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, northern Venezuela and northern Colombia, and may head toward Cuba and enter the Gulf of Mexico early next week.
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