Fiona hugs Canada’s Novia Scotia region with expected storm surges

Fiona hugs Canada's Novia Scotia region with expected storm surges
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MONTREAL – One of the strongest storms to hit Canada slammed into the Nova Scotia coastline early Saturday, leaving hundreds of thousands without power.

Ex-Hurricane Fiona made landfall early Saturday morning over Guysborough County in the northeastern corner of mainland Nova Scotia. This was reported by the Canadian Meteorological Service. There were maximum sustained winds of nearly 81 mph, with peak gusts in excess of 100 mph, he added.

According to reports, this is the lowest pressure land storm ever recorded in Canada Canadian Hurricane Centerwhich is also described hurricane winds to beat the terrain. More than 40% of Nova Scotians experience power outages. Due to the strength of Nova Scotia. “We’re seeing significant impacts from the storm across the state, including uprooted trees, broken poles and downed power lines.” utility company he added.

A hurricane before, National Hurricane Center announced Fiona developed into a post-tropical cyclone as it moved north, exhibiting the characteristics of storms with both tropical and high-latitude pedigrees.

Regardless of its technical designation, forecasters have warned that the storm will be a blockbuster.

Canadian Hurricane Center “This storm will be severe for Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec” Friday wrote. The federal agency previously said the storm “has the potential to become a hurricane.”date“and”remarkable weather event.”

The storm was predicted to be so severe that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau postponed at the last minute a trip to Japan where he had planned to attend Shinzo Abe’s funeral on Friday.

A hurricane warning covers much of Nova Scotia, as well as Prince Edward Island and western Newfoundland, where forecasters are predicting 3 to 6 inches of rain, up to 10 inches in some areas and hurricane-force winds of at least 74 mph. A tropical storm warning extends from New Brunswick through eastern Quebec to northern Newfoundland, where up to 5 inches of rain and winds of at least 39 mph are possible.

The center also predicted significant ocean surges or storm-driven water rising above normal dry land, causing coastal flooding. It predicted rough and strong surf with waves between 26 and 40 feet (8 to 12 meters).

Take a look at Canada’s strongest storms of the past as Fiona takes a look at Nova Scotia

Ahead of the storm’s arrival, Nova Scotia, home to about 1 million people, was bracing for the worst on Friday.

Nova Scotia Power warned of widespread power outages with trees still in full bloom and relatively soft ground and activated its emergency operations centre. Dave Pickles, the utility’s chief operating officer, said the breakdowns could be ongoing, with crews waiting for winds to calm before they can safely begin repairs.

Fiona, which brought devastating flooding to Puerto Rico and knocked out power to the entire island, is the latest sign of a slow-starting but suddenly active Atlantic hurricane season. The storm is one of five systems that meteorologists are monitoring in the Atlantic basin, including Friday night’s Tropical Storm Ian, which could soon develop. becomes a threat to Florida as a hurricane.

Jason Samenow contributed to this report.

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