Hurricane Fiona heads to Canada and Florida to watch Harmine

Hurricane Fiona heads to Canada and Florida to watch Harmine

Hurricane Fiona pummeled Bermuda with heavy rain and winds early on Friday, on its way up to the Atlantic coast of Canada.

Officials in Canada have prepared residents in the country’s eastern provinces for coastal flooding and power outages.

Fiona is expected to hit Canadian shores on Saturday morning.

Florida also faces a hurricane threat following a separate tropical cyclone that formed in the Caribbean.

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

Hurricane Fiona, now a Category 3 storm, devastated Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic earlier this week, leaving many without power or running water.

Five people 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 northeast of the Dominican Republic following Hurricane Fiona on September 21

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

Canadian officials and meteorologists are urging residents to brace themselves for the storm’s impact as it approaches the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

The region could receive up to six to 10 inches of rain, increasing the risk of flash flooding.

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

“All Nova Scotians should be preparing,” said John Lohr, the minister responsible for emergency preparedness in the province, in a press conference on Thursday.

Mr Lohr said the storm could be “very dangerous”.

“The storm is expected to bring heavy and damaging wind gusts, very high waves, and coastal storm surge, intense and dangerous rainfall rates and prolonged power outages,” Mr Lohr said.

Severe hurricanes are rare in Canada, because storms lose their energy when they hit cooler waters in the north and become subtropical instead. But pressure in the region is expected to be historically low as Hurricane Fiona hits, making for a heavier storm.

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

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