Fiona caused the death of four people in Puerto Rico, American territory, before killing one in Guadeloupe and two in the Dominican Republic. It skimmed Bermuda on Friday, causing power cuts. It is now about to hit Canada.
After wreaking havoc in the Caribbean, the hurricane is about to hit the Canadian province of Nova Scotia this Saturday morning. According to models from the Canadian Hurricane Center (CHC), Fiona would hit the eastern part of the region in the morning, bringing “heavy rain, high winds and storm surges”.
“All Nova Scotians should be prepared today (Thursday) for impact,” John Lohr, director of the provincial office of emergency management, warned at a news conference. .
“It could be the Canadian version of Sandy,” warned Chris Fogarty, CHC meteorologist, quoted by CNN. As a reminder, Hurricane Sandy caused enormous damage in 2012, particularly on the east coast of the United States. After Katrina in 2005, Sandy is considered the fourth costliest hurricane in American history.
Up to 25 centimeters of rain expected
“It has to be taken seriously because we are seeing numbers that we rarely see,” urged Chris Fogarty of Fiona. Winds of up to 160 kilometers per hour are expected and some areas could be affected by rainfall of up to 25 centimeters. The authorities are already expecting floods and power cuts.
This Friday morning, the hurricane, downgraded from category 4 to category 3, brushed the British territory of Bermuda, with gusts at 160 kilometers per hour and violent rains. During the night from Thursday to Friday, the power was cut in places and more than 7,000 people were without electricity at dawn, according to the authorities, who fear damage in coastal areas.
A few days earlier, Fiona caused the death of four people in Puerto Rico, American territory. One death had previously been reported in Guadeloupe and two in the Dominican Republic.