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Prime Minister Trudeau vows aid to Atlantic Canada as Hurricane Fiona approaches: ‘It’s going to be bad’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday promised the federal government was standing by to help Atlantic Canada prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Fiona, which is expected to make landfall on Saturday morning.

The Canadian Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Watch for the vast coastal areas of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, with officials warning of heavy rains, flooding and “life-threatening” storm surges.

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“It’s headed in the wrong direction,” Trudeau said at a joint news conference with South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol in Ottawa.

“Of course, I hope that[federal assistance]will not be needed much, but I think it will probably be needed. And we are there for that. We encourage you to heed the instructions of your local authorities and stay there for the next 24 hours.”

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Prime Minister Trudeau said Emergency Preparedness Secretary Bill Blair is in contact with state responders. The prime minister said they have “tremendous” resources to prepare for the coming storms and to support residents in affected areas.

Fiona, now a Category 4 hurricane, had maximum winds of 205 km/h as it approached Nova Scotia from the south on Friday afternoon. These winds are expected to reach speeds of 175 km/h by the time they reach the southern coast of the province, according to the latest information from the Canadian Hurricane Center.

Ian Hubbard, meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Center in Dartmouth, NS, said in an update Friday: “I have no doubt it will be the most serious and terrible thing I have ever seen.”

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People urged to stay home and stay safe as Fiona’s death nears


People urged to stay home and stay safe as Fiona’s death nears

Bob Robichaux, a warning readiness meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Center, said the storm’s center was expected to reach Nova Scotia on Saturday morning, but that wind and rain would arrive later on Friday.

A warning of severe flooding due to storm surge along Prince Edward Island’s northern coastline reached residents Friday afternoon, telling them to prepare to move elsewhere if they live in the area.

Officials said the heaviest rainfall is expected in eastern Nova Scotia, southwestern Newfoundland and the Gulf of St. Lawrence region. A heavy rain warning has also been issued for southeastern New Brunswick.

Conservative Party leader Pierre Polivre and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh also urged residents of Atlantic Canada to “stay safe” and take necessary precautions during the storm.

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Fiona is believed to have killed at least five people, two in Puerto Rico, two in the Dominican Republic and one in Guadeloupe, France.

The storm hit Bermuda with heavy rain and winds early Friday morning as it hit the island on its route to the Canadian Atlantic. National Security Minister Michael Weeks said there were no reports of major damage.

Before arriving in Bermuda, Fiona caused severe flooding and devastation in Puerto Rico, and US President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the federal government was ready to help restore US territory.

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As of Friday, five days after the hurricane hit the island, hundreds of Puerto Ricans remained isolated by blocked roads.

— Using files from Alex Cooke of Global and Associated Press

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.



Prime Minister Trudeau vows aid to Atlantic Canada as Hurricane Fiona approaches: ‘It’s going to be bad’

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