MONTREAL: Hurricane Fiona heading to Canada on Friday with New Scotland province on high alert after the storm swept through Bermuda, where it left much of the population without power but caused little damage.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Fiona was blowing sustained winds of nearly 125 miles (205 kilometers) per hour and must “be a powerful hurricane-force cyclone” when it made landfall on the night of Saturday.
“It will certainly be a historic and extreme event for Eastern Canada,” Bob Robichaud, meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Center, told reporters.
“It’s a major hurricane… All that momentum is trapped in the storm, so it’s very difficult for something like this to subside.”
In its latest bulletin, the CHC described the storm as a “serious event” that “will impact Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec with heavy rain and powerful hurricane-force winds beginning tonight.”
At midnight GMTThe hurricane was located just over 200 km south of Sable Island, a small sandy strip off Nova Scotia, and was moving north at a speed of 56 km/h, according to the HCC.
Nova Scotia officials issued an emergency alert on phones saying power outages were likely and people should stay indoors with enough supplies for at least 72 hours.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the storm “bad,” adding that it “could have significant impacts across the region.”
In Halifax, Nova Scotia’s capital, stores sold propane gas cylinders for camping stoves as residents stocked up.
“Hopefully it will slow down when it hits cooler water, but that doesn’t seem to be the case,” Dave Buis of the Northern Yacht Club in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, told Canadian television.
– Puerto Rico hard hit – Bermuda had earlier urged residents to stay indoors as strong winds blew into British territory, but no fatalities or major damage were reported as Fiona passed about 100 miles away the west of the island.
Power company Belco said 15,000 out of 36,000 homes were without power on Friday evening, with power quickly restored in many areas.
The Royal Bermuda Regiment said it was waiting for the winds to subside before clearing the roads. Residents posted images of downed power lines and flooding on social media.
“We had some minor damage to the premises but nothing serious,” Jason Rainer, owner of a souvenir shop in the capital Hamilton, told AFP, saying some doors and windows had been blown out.
Shopkeepers had covered their windows with sheet metal and wood sheets.
The island of around 64,000 people is no stranger to hurricanes – but it’s also tiny, just 21 square miles (54 km2) and one of the most remote places in the world, 640 miles from its neighbor closest, the United States. .
Bermuda, whose economy is fueled by international finance and tourism, is wealthy compared to most Caribbean countries, and structures must be built to strict planning codes to withstand storms. Some have been doing it for centuries.
Fiona killed four people in Puerto Rico earlier this week, according to US media, while one death was reported in the French overseas department of Guadeloupe and another in the Dominican Republic.
President Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency in Puerto Rico, a US territory still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria five years ago.
In the Dominican Republic, President Luis Abinader declared three eastern provinces to be disaster areas.

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