Canada prepares for huge storm with hurricane-force winds

This satellite image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Hurricane Fiona on September 23, 2022 at 01:21 UTC. – 100-mile-per-hour gusts and driving rain rocked Bermuda early Friday, leaving thousands without power and fearing coastal damage as Fiona, a powerful Category 3 storm, slipped past Atlantic Island. At 06:00 a.m. local time (09:00 GMT), the center of Fiona was located about 155 miles (250 kilometers) northwest of British territory, according to the US National Hurricane Center. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO /NOAA/GOES” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A CUSTOMER SERVICE (Photo by HANDOUT/NOAA/ GOES/AFP via Getty Images)

Heavy rain and high winds battered the country as Fiona closed yesterday, with the Canadian Hurricane Center warning of a ‘historic and extreme event’.

Although Fiona upgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical storm on Friday night, meteorologists warned it could still experience hurricane-force winds and bring torrential rains and huge waves.

More than 250,000 Nova Scotia Power customers, about half of all customers in the province, were affected by power outages before the storm even made landfall.

The Canadian Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for the coastal stretches of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

The US National Hurricane Center said Fiona is expected to reach the region as a “large and powerful post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds”.

“It’s going to get ugly,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who decided to delay his trip to Japan for the funeral of slain former prime minister Shinzo Abe.

“We sure hope there won’t be much to do, but we think there probably will be,” Trudeau said.

“Listen to instructions from local authorities and hang in there for the next 24 hours.”

Meanwhile, there are new concerns about a new tropical depression, which could hit Florida next week as Hurricane Hermine.

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