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Hurricane Fiona Focuses on Bermuda Before Heading to Canada – National

Hurricane Fiona loomed over the Atlantic island of Bermuda on Friday, passing west of British territory on its way north toward Nova Scotia, cramming what could become one of the most severe storms in Canada’s history.

Fiona has already struck a series of Caribbean islands earlier in the week, killing at least eight people and powering nearly all of Puerto Rico’s 3.3 million people in a sweltering heatwave.

Bermudians boarded their windows and stocked up on groceries and flashlight batteries in preparation for the storm, which was expected to come closest to Bermuda in the early hours of Friday morning.

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The center of Fiona passes through the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the east coast of the United States, but the outer belt of the storm still hits the territory with powerful winds, heavy rains and storm surges.

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Across the island, people cleared debris from their gardens and prepared to close the storm doors. Many houses are built with small shuttered windows, slate roofs and limestone blocks to withstand repeated hurricanes.

“We are taking all precautions to ensure safety,” said Dean Williams, a resident of the capital Hamilton. “Preparation is key.

According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, as of 8:00 PM AST, Fiona’s maximum sustained winds were 215 kilometers per hour and were traveling about 455 kilometers west-southwest and north-northeast of Bermuda at 31 kilometers per hour.


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Hurricane Fiona is set to pass across the Canadian Atlantic


Hurricane Fiona is set to pass across the Canadian Atlantic

This made it a Category 4 hurricane on the Suffer-Simpson scale of 5 and could have been devastating.

It was also located 1,610 kilometers south-southeast of Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Fiona is shaping up to be the most powerful storm to reach Canada since Dorian landed west of Halifax in September 2019, the government’s Environment Canada website said.

The storm is expected to bring hurricane-like winds and torrential rains to the Atlantic provinces and eastern Quebec from Friday afternoon through Saturday. It looks likely to travel north through eastern Nova Scotia and reach Newfoundland and Labrador by Sunday.

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Large swaths of Atlantic Canada, including Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and parts of eastern Quebec, will feel the storm’s effects.

Like Dorian, Fiona was able to moderate into a post-tropical storm, but Dorian still maintained Category 2 intensity with sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour. A 100-year-old tree collapsed, causing a massive power outage.

And Fiona was able to bring more rain. Forecasters said up to 200 mm of rain could fall in areas close to its path, and the wind could damage buildings and shut down utilities. , storm surges can hit the coastline.

The hurricane has already shown devastating intensity in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands, killing at least four people in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency said.

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Click to play video: 'Hurricane Fiona will be 'very powerful and dangerous storm' for Atlantic Canada, CHC warns



Hurricane Fiona will be a ‘very powerful and dangerous storm’ for Atlantic Canada, CHC warns


Hurricane Fiona will be a ‘very powerful and dangerous storm’ for Atlantic Canada, CHC warns

US President Joe Biden said at a briefing in New York that the federal government would fund debris removal, power and water restoration, shelter and food next month.

An estimated 1 million homes and businesses remained without electricity on Thursday after Fiona hit Sunday, with people sweltering in the heat and humidity.

Loumarie Rosa, 26, an assistant at a chiropractic clinic, said her hometown of Hatiro didn’t have gasoline for generators.

“It’s like the earth is on fire,” she said. “I can’t turn on the fan”



Hurricane Fiona Focuses on Bermuda Before Heading to Canada – National

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