Hurricane Fiona heads to Canada as Florida watches Harmine

Hurricane Fiona heads to Canada as Florida watches Harmine

Hurricane Fiona hit Bermuda with heavy rain and winds early Friday as it headed for Canada’s Atlantic coast.

Officials in Canada have urged residents in the country’s eastern provinces to prepare for coastal flooding and power outages.

Fiona is expected to reach the shores of Canada by Saturday morning.

Florida also faces the threat of a hurricane after a separate tropical cyclone forms in the Caribbean Sea.

Tropical Depression Nine is in its early stages and moving on a path that could take it to Florida next week like Hurricane Hermine, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Fiona, now a Category 3 storm, had already devastated Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic earlier this week and many are still without electricity or running water.

Five people died in the Caribbean: one in Guadeloupe, two in Puerto Rico and two in the Dominican Republic.

In Bermuda, Hurricane Fiona forced schools and offices to close.

Workers remove fallen trees from the highway after Hurricane Fiona in the Dominican Republic.

Workers remove fallen trees from highway in northeastern Dominican Republic after Hurricane Fiona on September 21

The National Hurricane Center said Fiona’s maximum sustained winds could reach 130 mph (215 km / h).

Canadian officials and meteorologists are urging residents to prepare for the storm’s impact as it reaches the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

The region could receive up to 6-10 inches of rain, increasing the risk of flash flooding.

Shelters have been set up in Halifax and Cape Breton in Nova Scotia to allow people to take cover before the storm.

“Every Nova Scotia should prepare,” said John Lohr, the minister in charge of emergency preparedness in the province, at a press conference on Thursday.

Mr. Lohr added that the storm could be “very dangerous”.

“The storm is expected to cause violent and damaging gusts of wind, very high waves and coastal storm surges, heavy and dangerous rainfall and prolonged power outages,” Lohr said.

Severe hurricanes in Canada are rare, as storms lose energy once they hit colder northern waters and become post-tropical instead. But pressure in the region is expected to be historically low when Hurricane Fiona strikes, giving way to a heavier storm.

Nova Scotia was last hit by a tropical cyclone in 2003 with Hurricane Juan, a Category 2 storm that killed two people and severely damaged structures and vegetation.

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