Hurricane Fiona hit Bermuda on Thursday after leaving a devastating trail of destruction in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, officials said.
The Category 4 storm, traveling north, was expected to graze the western edge of Bermuda on Thursday night or Friday morning.
The British territory was expected to receive between 2 to 4 inches of rain and wind gusts of up to 75 mph. The heaviest rains in Bermuda are expected to fall between 2 am and 10 am
“As Hurricane Fiona approaches as a Category 4 on Friday, I encourage everyone to properly prepare for this storm,” said Bermuda Prime Minister David Burt. said in a statement on Thursday. “Let’s all remember to check in and take care of your elders, family members and neighbors. Stay safe.”
After passing through Bermuda, Fiona will target Canada’s Atlantic rims and will likely reach the east coast of Nova Scotia on Saturday morning.
Fiona could weaken to a Category 2 storm or extratropical cyclone, but there is still the threat of significant damage to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
The system could reach Quebec and southeastern Labrador as early as Sunday. Rainfall across Atlantic Canada ranges from 3 to 10 inches, bringing the threat of flooding.
“It’s going to be a really big storm when it hits landfall,” said Bob Robichaud, emergency preparedness meteorologist at Environment Canada. “This is going to cover quite a large area.”
Damage already left by Fiona can take weeks, months or even years to repair.
At least 8,708 homes in the Dominican Republic were damaged or destroyed, while about 210,433 people live without power and at least 725,246 do not have water service, according to the Emergency Operations Center.
Much of Puerto Rico was still without power on Thursday as temperatures approached 100 degrees, triggering an excessive heat alert. With no power and trees downed on the roads, even reaching the most storm-damaged areas of the island remained a challenge.
The Associated Press contributed.
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