Hurricane Fiona Forecast: ‘Heavy’ Winds, Heavy Rains Expected in Atlantic Canada

Keith Doucette and Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press

Published on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 4:57 PM EDT

Halifax – Hurricane Fiona is shaping up to be a ‘historic’ storm as it hits Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec this weekend, packing winds likely to surpass 2019’s post-tropical storm Dorian winds, forecasters say. says.

Environment Canada meteorologist Bob Robichaux said at a press conference that as of Thursday afternoon, modeling was predicting “the worst ever” cyclones across the region, with storm surges and 100- to 200-millimeter highs. He said it would bring rain.

Robichaux said, “When it’s all over, it’s going to be a storm that everyone will remember.” “One of the words I use is historical.”

Robichaux said it remains to be seen if the gusts will set records, but that in some areas they are expected to be stronger than the 150 km/h winds that Dorian felt when he landed. added.

Nova Scotia Power’s chief operating officer, Dave Pickles, said widespread blackouts were expected and power companies were staffing about 800 people at locations across the state.

“The trees are in full bloom. They will come down and cause blackouts,” he predicted.

John Lohr, the minister in charge of Nova Scotia’s emergency management agency, said Thursday there was no longer any doubt that a severe storm would hit the region.

“Fiona is different….it can be very dangerous. All Nova Scotians should prepare for impact,” he said.

Heading north, Fiona will reach Nova Scotia waters by Friday evening, transit the province’s eastern mainland, Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island on Saturday, and reach Quebec’s Lower North Shore and southeastern Labrador early Sunday morning. It was planned.

Ian Hubbard, a meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Center in Dartmouth, North Carolina, said he expects the worst gusts to hit eastern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and parts of Prince Edward Island.

The situation is expected to bring severe waves to coastal areas of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, with waves expected to exceed 10 meters off Nova Scotia and wave heights of 12 meters in the eastern Gulf of St. Lawrence. may exceed. Flooding is also possible in coastal and mainland areas.

If anything, Mr. Hubbard said, the storm’s path has shifted slightly westward and inland since the beginning of the week.

Cape Breton Municipal Mayor Amanda McDougall said authorities are preparing shelters for people to enter before the storm begins.

“We’ve been through this type of event before, but my fears are nothing like this,” she said. I guess.”

McDougall said emergency planners are concerned that some types of homes, especially older homes and RVs, “can’t hold up to wind and floods like other buildings.”

In Charlottetown, the head of PEI’s emergency response organization said at a briefing that the state is preparing for the worst. “Storm tides will certainly be significant,” Tanya Mullally said. “The term they used at the Canadian Hurricane Center was ‘historic storm surge’ – floods that we have never seen and can’t control.”

Meanwhile, Nova Scotia Agricultural Federation president Tim Marsh said the storm could be a “worst case scenario” for many farmers in the middle of harvest season.

Marsh arrived in the cab of a tractor on Thursday as he rushed to bring corn to a farm outside Windsor, N.J., in the agricultural Annapolis Valley.

He said apple farmers and grape growers in particular could be hit hard by high winds.

“Especially the apple guys – they’ve only really started harvesting in the last few weeks and there will still be a great many apples on the susceptible trees,” Marsh said.

He said crops planted in low-lying areas could be endangered due to projected rainfall.

“It can become soggy or nearly impossible to harvest,” Marsh said. “Hopefully it doesn’t cause much disruption to the food system.”

Fiona hit Puerto Rico earlier this week, destroying roads and bridges, causing historic flooding. It then hit the Dominican Republic, passed over the Turks and Caicos Islands, and developed into a Category 4 storm.

According to the weather forecast, a storm will pass near Bermuda early Friday morning.

This report by the Canadian Press was first published on September 22, 2022.

Hurricane Fiona Forecast: ‘Heavy’ Winds, Heavy Rains Expected in Atlantic Canada

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