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Hurricane Fiona Track Live: Canada on Track to Be Hit by Strongest Category 2 Storm Ever

Atlantic Canadians prepare for dangerous Hurricane Fiona

Hurricane Fiona is on a collision course with Atlantic Canada, having devastated Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic earlier this week.

The storm is expected to make landfall Friday evening through Saturday morning, bringing intense winds and rain, as well as possible flooding and power outages to much of the region.

The greatest damage will likely be felt in Nova Scotia, where the storm hits directly – but because the storm is so large, hazardous weather is also forecast for parts of Newfoundland, Labrador, Quebec, from Ontario, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

The Canadian Hurricane Center has warned it could be a ‘historic storm’ and a ‘historic weather event’ as the powerful storm makes its way through the region.

Fiona has already become the most destructive hurricane of the year so far in the Atlantic Ocean after devastating flooding and winds left millions without running water or electricity in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

These types of extreme storms are only becoming more common as the climate crisis worsens and ocean temperatures rise, creating increasingly powerful hurricanes that can create serious damage when they reach land.

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On Sable Island, a wilderness area off the coast of Nova Scotia that is home to animals like wild horses and seals, parks staff brace for the storm, Reuters reports.

Wild horses on Sable Island in Nova Scotia

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Gray seals on Sable Island

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Hurricane Fiona is not expected to hit the mainland United States directly, but the corner of Maine closest to Canada will experience winds of up to 61 miles per hour (98 kilometers per hour) and potential power outages. , warns the national weather service.

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A number of events and public services were canceled in Atlantic Canada due to the storm.

World News reports that bus and ferry service has been shut down in Halifax and flights are canceled across much of the region.

Universities close on weekends, as does a mall in Halifax. The Halifax Oyster Festival, as well as a number of youth league hockey games, have been postponed.

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A photo taken by a US Air Force plane of Hurricane Fiona while investigating the storm near Bermuda on Thursday

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Nearly a week after the storm hit Puerto Rico, large parts of the island are still without power, according poweroutage.us.

The US territory’s energy grid has struggled in recent years, particularly after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island in 2017 and left many areas without power or running water for months.

Many Puerto Ricans criticized LUMA Energy, the private company that took over the power grid last year, while others pointed to years of underinvestment as a US territory with no voting rights in Congress or the presidency. .

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“Sandy” from Canada

A Canadian Hurricane Center meteorologist said CNN that Fiona could be the Canadian equivalent of Hurricane Sandy, which hit New York and New Jersey in 2012.

Fiona, like Sandy, is a very big storm, stretching hundreds of miles across. The storm is also expected to develop into a post-tropical storm, much like Sandy, Axios reports.

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Trudeau urges residents to prepare

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Tropical depressions are a new threat

As Fiona heads north, two more tropical depressions have formed in the Atlantic and are likely to become tropical storms in the coming days.

One is in the Caribbean and the other near Senegal. Whichever reaches tropical storm status first – meaning winds of 39 miles per hour (63 kilometers per hour) or more – will become Tropical Storm Hermine, and the other will be Tropical Storm Ian.

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Fiona creates massive waves in the Atlantic near Bermuda

Saildrone footage shows wild waves in the Atlantic Ocean as Hurricane Fiona heads towards Bermuda