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Fiona is set to become a ‘historic storm’ for eastern Canada, with hurricane warnings issuedTAZAA News

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Hurricane and tropical storm warnings have been issued as Hurricane Fiona moves across eastern Canada, expected to make landfall in Nova Scotia early Saturday morning as a powerful post-tropical storm.

In a tweet early Friday morning, the Canadian Hurricane Center called Fiona a “historic storm” for eastern Canada.

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According to the latest forecast guidance, Hurricane Fiona will move north over Nova Scotia waters Friday night, pass through Cape Breton Saturday morning, and then approach the lower north coast of Quebec and southeastern Labrador early Sunday.

“Strong winds and rainfall will affect eastern Prince Edward Island, eastern Nova Scotia, southern and eastern New Brunswick, western Newfoundland, eastern Quebec and southeastern Labrador,” the Canadian Hurricane Center said.

“There will also be big waves, especially for the Atlantic coasts of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and the eastern parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Finally, Nova Scotia, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and western Newfoundland have a high chance of a storm.

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Hurricane-force winds will continue through most of the affected areas beginning late Friday and continuing into Saturday.

“Storms of this nature cause structural damage to buildings. Construction sites can be particularly vulnerable,” the statement said.

“Wind effects are enhanced by leaves on trees, causing longer and more widespread utility outages.”

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As of 9 a.m. Friday, Hurricane Fiona was 1,165 kilometers south-southwest of Sable Island, with maximum sustained winds of 204 km/h and 50 km/h to the northeast.

Earlier this morning, the Canadian Hurricane Center said there was only a “slight decrease” in the storm’s intensity over the next 12 hours, “as the hurricane moves in a moist environment, over very warm water and with little shear.”

The storm is expected to intensify later Friday as it interacts with a trough from the west.

Fiona is expected to become a “very strong” post-tropical storm near Sable Island on Friday night before making landfall over eastern mainland Nova Scotia or western Cape Breton on Saturday morning.

Road washouts are possible

In addition to Canadian hurricane center winds, there will be “very significant” rainfall, especially north and west of Fiona’s track, where heavy rain could lead to flooding.

Heavy rainfall is expected in eastern Nova Scotia, southwestern Newfoundland and the Gulf of St. Lawrence region.

“Forecast guidance suggests a wide range of 100 to 200 mm, but closer to Fiona’s path, more than 200 mm is possible,” the statement said.

“Some districts have received heavy rainfall recently and high flows will further increase the likelihood of flooding. Road washouts are also possible.”

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Rainfall warnings have been issued for most of Nova Scotia, PEI and southeastern New Brunswick.

The storm will also bring “rough and pounding surf,” particularly to parts of Nova Scotia, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Newfoundland.

Parts of Nova Scotia could see waves of up to 10 meters Friday night, while Newfoundland and eastern parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Cabot Strait could see waves in excess of 12 meters.

The western Gulf, meanwhile, could see waves of up to eight meters, “which could cause significant erosion on beaches on the north side of Prince Edward Island.” That said, Iles-de-la-Madeleine also sees some coastal erosion from waves.

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“Coastal flooding will also be a threat to the Gulf of St. Lawrence region, including Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Northumberland Strait, Îles-de-la-Madeleine and eastern New Brunswick and southwestern Newfoundland,” the Canadian Hurricane Center said.

“The highest risk for coastal flooding is the combination of large waves moving ashore with the storm surge. Some coastal flooding is also possible for the St. Lawrence Estuary and the lower north coast of Quebec.

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For most areas, the highest water levels will be near high tide for some time Saturday morning.

Storm warnings were issued for much of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, southwestern Newfoundland, eastern Nova Scotia and the east coast of New Brunswick.

Nova Scotia’s Office of Emergency Management is asking people to prepare for the storm and extended outages by doing the following:

  • having enough food and water for 72 hours;
  • monitoring local media for updates;
  • Securing gates, doors and windows;
  • moving yard furniture and securing trash cans, hanging plants and anything else that can be picked up by the wind;
  • checking radio batteries;
  • filling up vehicles with gas and parking away from trees;
  • keeping pets inside;
  • moving any type of watercraft to high altitudes;
  • ensuring personal and family safety;
  • checking on neighbors;
  • Candles are not left unattended.

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