Canada prepared for’most catastrophic storm hurricane Fiona: As Hurricane Fiona made her way toward Nova Scotia on Saturday, nearly a week after wreaking havoc in the Caribbean. Eastern Canada prepared for what may end up being one of the most severe hurricanes in the nation’s history.
Fiona was forecast to decrease from its Friday night Category 3 hurricane status. But remain a hurricane-force cyclone as it moved into Atlantic Canada. Experts predicted severe gusts, storm surges, and heavy rains from Fiona.
To get briefings and help the government’s emergency reaction, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau postponed his Saturday departure for Japan, where he schedule to attend the funeral of deceased former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Press Secretary Cecely Roy announced this on Twitter.
According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, the maximum sustained winds on Friday night hit 105 mph (165 kph). As a result, a hurricane warning was in place for most of central Nova Scotia. Prince Edward Island is home to more than 150,000 people and some of Newfoundland.
It expect to landfall in eastern Nova Scotia early on Saturday. But the rain and wind had already begun.
According to Ian Hubbard, a meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre, “the core of it is one thing. But the weather that is linked with it in terms of the rain and where all the severe winds are. It’s going to be over a lot greater area.”
According to Hubbard, “many, many places out from the center of the storm will still significantly hit.”
The eastern shore of Nova Scotia will experience severe and pounding surf, with waves as high as 10 meters (33 feet) predicted for Friday night.
Canadian authorities sent emergency notifications to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, informing residents of high waves and catastrophic coastal flooding. The evacuation of residents in coastal areas suggested.
Chris MacPhee, 53, of Sydney, Nova Scotia, who stocked up on groceries, batteries, and candles, said, “We’ve had a few before. But they say this is going to be the largest of them all.” He said that he was “a little anxious, I guess.”
According to Canadian Hurricane Center meteorologist Bob Robichaud. Hurricane Dorian in 2019 and Hurricane Juan in 2003 use as standards for how fierce a storm could be.
The two most prominent airlines in the nation, Air Canada and WestJet Airlines, have stopped providing regional service since Friday night.
Earlier in the week, Fiona had already pounded Caribbean islands, leaving at least eight people dead and practically all of Puerto Rico’s 3.3 million residents without power during a blistering heat wave. Five days later, over a million clients were still without electricity.
Ian, a tropical storm following Fiona in the Caribbean, anticipate to intensify into a hurricane on Sunday night. As a result, the Cayman Islands are under a hurricane watch, according to the NHC.
According to the hurricane center, the storm’s anticipated route will carry it south of Jamaica, western Cuba, and into Florida early next week.
On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a state of emergency, releasing money and emergency services ahead of the hurricane.