After a week of mass destruction to several Caribbean islands, Hurricane Fiona is heading towards eastern Canada, where it is expected to become a ‘landmark climate event’.
The deadly storm passed Bermuda on Thursday before heading northeast towards Canada. Those in the storm’s path were told to be on high alert after Fiona wreaked havoc in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos and other parts of the Caribbean last week.
The Canadian Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for coastal portions of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
Fiona will be a historically severe storm for eastern Canada, bringing dangerous flooding, hurricane-force winds and thunderstorms starting Saturday, according to forecasters from AccuWeather.
The storm “is becoming a severe event for Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec,” Canadian Hurricane Center officials said Thursday. Hurricanes in Canada are extremely rare, as storms often lose strength as they reach colder waters.
Late Thursday, Fiona sustained winds as strong as 125 mph (205 km/h) and headed northeast at 25 mph (41 km/h).
On Friday, the storm moved to a Category 3 storm, although it is likely to no longer be categorized as a hurricane when it makes landfall in Nova Scotia this weekend.
With the storm comes the possibility of massive 50-foot-high waves off the coast, forecasters predict. Authorities are also warning of the possibility that hurricane-force winds will bring downed trees and widespread power outages in the region.
Fiona left great damage in her path and took the lives of at least eight people. Much of Puerto Rico remains without electricity, and many people still have no running water since the storm hit the island on Sunday.
Some parts of Puerto Rico received over 30 inches of rain during the storm, while in the Dominican Republic the massive amount of flooding completely destroyed thousands of homes. There, hundreds of thousands of people are still without electricity and running water.
As Fiona moves away from the Caribbean, another tropical storm has begun to form in the center of the Caribbean Sea, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm, which will be dubbed Hermine, is expected to bring heavy rains to Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, northern Venezuela and northern Colombia, and could head toward Cuba and enter the Gulf of Mexico early next week.
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Source : metro.co.uk