Halifax – Up to 200mm of rain is expected this weekend along Canada’s Atlantic coast and eastern Quebec as Hurricane Fiona heads toward the east coast.
In addition to significant storm surges, the potential for flooding in coastal and mainland regions, and the region-wide ‘history’ low pressure system, potentially ‘historic’ storms could cause extensive damage due to collapse of trees and water columns. with high winds expected to cause power outages over a period of time.
At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Environmental Canada meteorologist Bob Robichaux said it remains to be seen if Fiona’s gusts will set records, but in some areas the gusts will be expected when they are post-tropical. Storm Dorian, expected to be stronger than the 150 km/h winds felt in 2019, made landfall.
Fiona is expected to 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.
The Canadian Hurricane Center in Dartmouth, North Carolina, said the worst gusts are expected to hit eastern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and parts of Prince Edward Island.
Coastal areas of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland will experience pounding waves, with waves expected to exceed 10 meters off Nova Scotia and potential wave heights of 12 meters or more in the eastern Gulf of St. Lawrence.
This report by the Canadian Press was first published on September 23, 2022.
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Hurricane Fiona predicted to bring ‘heavy’ winds and heavy rains to Atlantic Canada
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