Hurricane Fiona is hurtling toward Atlantic Canada amid warnings it could be the strongest ever to hit the region.
The Category 4 hurricane will weaken before reaching Nova Scotia, but it could still be a “historic storm,” officials say. A meteorologist from the Canadian Hurricane Center said: TAUT that Fiona could be “Canada’s version of (Hurricane) Sandy”.
Meteorologists predicted hurricane strength, waves of about 40 feet, widespread flooding along the coast and more than seven inches (20 centimeters) of rain in some areas.
Hurricane warnings have been issued for parts of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. Other parts of Atlantic Canada are under tropical storm warnings or watches.
Nova Scotia’s provincial government urged residents to prepare for power outages, pack bags of emergency supplies and secure doors and windows.
“If you are in the region, take proper precautions and listen to local authorities,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also said. on Twitter.
Hurricanes occasionally pass through Canada, but are often weaker than cyclones that strike the tropics after being dulled by colder, northern waters.
The most recent destructive hurricane to hit the country was Hurricane Juan, which made landfall in Nova Scotia in 2003 as a Category 2 storm and killed eight people.
Bus services, ferries and flights across the region have been shut down and parks have been closed, it was reported Worldwide news. Hockey games and the Halifax Oyster Festival have also been postponed.
Hurricanes are expected to become stronger in the coming decades as the climate crisis deepens and ocean and air temperatures increase. Warmer water can boost a hurricane with more rain and stronger winds that are particularly dangerous on landfall.
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