Hurricane Fiona promises strong winds and heavy rains in Atlantic Canada

HALIFAX — Up to 200 millimeters of rain is expected in Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec over the weekend as Hurricane Fiona heads straight for the eastern provinces.

In addition to significant storm surges, possible flooding in coastal regions and even in the heart of the provinces, as well as an unprecedented drop in pressure, the storm with “historic” potential could lead to widespread power outages. The wind could uproot trees and power poles.

At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Environment Canada meteorologist Bob Robichaud said it remains to be seen if Fiona’s gusts will set new records, but gusts are expected to exceed 150 km. /h observed during the passage of post-tropical storm Dorian in 2019.

Fiona is expected to reach Nova Scotia waters on Friday evening before making landfall across the province to reach Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island on Saturday. Then, it should be the turn of the Lower North Shore, in Quebec, and southeastern Labrador to feel the effects of the storm on Sunday.

The Canadian Hurricane Center, located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, warns that the worst winds are expected to blow over eastern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and parts of Prince Edward Island. Prince Edward.

Sections of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland should expect to be churned up as waves over ten meters could hit Nova Scotia and others reach over twelve meters in the eastern Gulf of the St. Lawrence.


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