Friday, September 23, 2022

Hurricane Fiona will be "historic", "extremely strong and dangerous" for Atlantic Canada: Warnings


 As Hurricane Fiona heads north to Atlantic Canada, experts are anticipating this to be a historic, record-breaking storm in Canada. Hurricane warnings issued for P.E.I. as Fiona expected to cause major damage:

1. Hurricane Fiona is pounding Bermuda with heavy rains and winds as it sweeps by the island and is forecast to approach northeastern Canada as a still-powerful storm late Friday.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre issued a hurricane watch over extensive coastal expanses of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Fiona should reach Canada as a “large and powerful post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds.”
2.  Canadians living along the eastern coastline are battening down before the arrival of what could be the most powerful storm to ever strike the nation.

Hurricane Fiona hurtled past Bermuda Friday morning with maximum sustained wind speeds topping off at 125 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm was downgraded from a Category 4 hurricane as it made its way along the island, but is still expected to lash the nation with severe rain and intense winds as it continues its trek north, toward Canada.

The massive storm system will likely make landfall along Canada’s Atlantic coastline as a “large and powerful post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds,” the National Hurricane Center said. It has triggered a hurricane watch for large swaths of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

“It’s going to be a storm that everyone remembers when it is all said and done,” said Bob Robichaud, warning preparedness meteorologist for the Canadian Hurricane Centre.
3. Hurricane Fiona is moving away from Bermuda after spreading high winds and heavy rain across the archipelago, and now the Category 4 storm has its eye aimed at parts of Atlantic Canada in what could be one of the region's strongest storms on record.

The threat of this powerful storm has prompted Hurricane and Tropical Storm Warnings to be issued for hundreds of miles of coastline from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to Newfoundland and eastern Quebec.

Fiona has strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane once again in the western Atlantic with maximum sustained winds around 130 mph. The hurricane held onto Category 4 intensity for much of Wednesday and Thursday – making Fiona the Atlantic's strongest hurricane of the 2022 season so far – then it briefly weakened back to a Category 3 storm on Friday morning before quickly regaining Category 4 strength by midday Friday.

Any hurricane that is rated Category 3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is classified as a major hurricane.

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