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Hurricane Fiona: As storm passes near Bermuda, Canadians on the Atlantic coast are on guard



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The deadly hurricane that hit multiple Caribbean island nations this week hit Bermuda before hitting Canada this weekend, and residents have been warned to prepare for dangerously high winds and heavy rain.

Officials in the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are urging people in the hurricane’s path to be more vigilant and prepare for the effects of Hurricane Fiona.

“Fiona is projected to be a significant and historic weather event for Nova Scotia,” said John Lohr, minister in charge of the state’s Emergency Management Agency.

“It can be very dangerous. The impact is expected to be felt across the province. All Nova Scotians should be prepared today,” Lohr added in an official update Thursday.

Lohr said residents should prepare for winds, high waves, coastal storm surges and heavy rains that can lead to prolonged power outages. Emergency authorities are encouraging people to stock up on outdoor supplies, cut down trees, charge their phones, and create 72-hour emergency kits.

Fiona was a powerful Category 3 storm about 125 miles north of Bermuda on Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. The center said there was a sustained wind of 125 mph, with gusts of up to 155 mph.

“After Fiona passes Bermuda, the storm is projected to affect Nova Scotia by Saturday afternoon. Fiona will be temperate prior to impact, but this will hardly prevent damage Fiona will cause,” it said. CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford explained.

Winds across the Canadian Atlantic Ocean could be about 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour) as Fiona makes landfall in Nova Scotia, Shackelford said.

Schools and government offices were closed on Friday in Bermuda, where a tropical storm warning was in effect, said Michael Weeks, the island’s national security minister.

In Canada, hurricane warnings have been issued for Nova Scotia from Hubbard to Brühl and Newfoundland from Parsons Pond to Francois. Prince Edward Island and Madeleine Island are also on alert.

Officials on Prince Edward Island are urging residents to prepare for the worst as a storm looms.

State emergency manager Tanya Mullally said one of Fiona’s most pressing concerns is the expected unleashing of a historic storm surge.

“Storm surges will certainly be significant. … floods that we cannot see or measure,” Mullally said in Thursday’s update.

She added that the northern part of the island would likely bear the brunt of the storm due to the direction of the wind, causing property damage and coastal flooding.

Earlier this week, Fiona destroyed the homes of millions of people in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands, upending critical power and water infrastructure.

Days after an islandwide blackout in Puerto Rico as Fiona made landfall on Sunday, only 38% of customers had power restored on Thursday, according to grid operator LUMA Energy.

According to the National Weather Service, much of Puerto Rico endured extreme heat, with temperatures reaching 112 degrees Celsius on Thursday afternoon, resulting in massive power outages.

LUMA’s Director of Renewable Projects, Daniel Hernández, explained that they prioritize critical locations, including hospitals, before starting repairs on an individual level.

“This is a normal process. The important thing is that everyone is calm…We are working to get 100% of our customers served as quickly as possible,” said Hernández. increase.

As of Thursday night, nearly 360,000 customers were experiencing intermittent water service or no service at all, according to the government’s emergency portal system.

As of Wednesday, more than 800 people were being held in dozens of shelters across the island, according to Puerto Rico’s Housing Secretary William Rodriguez.

According to FEMA, President Joe Biden has approved a territorial catastrophe declaration for the United States. The move will give residents access to low-interest loans to cover the loss of uninsured property, along with subsidies for temporary housing and home repairs.

In the Dominican Republic, Fiona affected 8,708 homes and destroyed 2,262, said Maj. Gen. Juan Mendes Garcia, the country’s emergency operations director.

He said more than 210,000 homes and businesses were still in the dark on Thursday morning, and an additional 725,246 customers had no running water.

Ramona Santana, who lives in Higuay, Dominican Republic, told CNN en Español this week: “We are in the streets with nothing, no food, no shoes, no clothes, nothing but what we carry. …We have God, hope help will come.” .”

Fiona also threatened parts of the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday, with areas of British territory namely Grand Turk, South Caicos, Salt Cay, North Caicos and Middle Caicos still having power earlier this week. No, Acting Gov. Anya Williams said. island.

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