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Hurricane Fiona heads to Canada as Florida watches Hermine




Hurricane Fiona hit Bermuda with torrential rain and wind early Friday, on its way to the Atlantic coast of Canada.

Canadian officials have urged residents in the country’s eastern provinces to prepare for coastal flooding and power outages.

Fiona is expected to hit the beaches of Canada on Saturday morning.

Florida also faces a hurricane threat after a separate tropical cyclone formed in the Caribbean Sea.

Tropical Depression Nine is in its early stages and is on a path that could make it to Florida next week as Hurricane Hermine, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Fiona, now a Category 3 storm, wreaked havoc in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic earlier this week, many of whom still have no electricity or running water.

At least five people have died across the Caribbean: one in Guadeloupe, two in Puerto Rico and two in the Dominican Republic.

In Bermuda, Hurricane Fiona forced the closure of schools and offices.

Workers remove fallen trees from the highway after Hurricane Fiona in the Dominican Republic.

Workers remove fallen trees from a highway in the northeastern Dominican Republic after Hurricane Fiona on September 21


The National Hurricane Center said Fiona’s maximum sustained winds could reach 130 mph (215 kph).

Canadian officials and meteorologists are urging residents to prepare for the impact of the storm as it reaches the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward and Newfoundland.

The area can receive up to 6-10 inches (15-25 cm) of rain, increasing the risk of flash floods.

Shelters in Halifax and Cape Breton in Nova Scotia have been prepared for people to hide before the storm.

“Every citizen of Nova Scotia should prepare,” John Loehr, the minister in charge of emergency preparedness for the territory, said at a news conference Thursday.

Loehr added that the storm could be “extremely dangerous”.

“The storm is expected to bring intense and destructive winds, high waves, coastal storm surges, severe and dangerous rainfall, and long blackouts,” Loehr said.

Severe hurricanes in Canada are rare, with storms losing their energy once they hit the colder waters in the north and become post-tropical instead. But pressure in the area is expected to be historically low as Hurricane Fiona hits, giving way to a more severe storm.

Nova Scotia was last hit by a tropical cyclone in 2003 with Hurricane Juan, a Category 2 storm that killed two people and severely damaged structures and vegetation.


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