Now placed in category 4, hurricane Fiona is now heading towards Bermuda. We take stock of the latest information.
Storm Fiona turned into a hurricane and became a particularly dangerous category 4 weather phenomenon. After hitting Guadeloupe hard on the night of Friday September 16 to Saturday September 17, causing extensive damage and one victim the commune of Basse-Terre, Fiona continued her murderous journey in Puerto Rico, killing four people, and in the Dominican Republic, killing two. The hurricane is now heading for the Bermuda archipelago.
The 64,000 residents there are already on alert, reports The 1st. Winds of up to 215 km / h arrive on the archipelago located on the North Atlantic. The cyclone itself is moving north at a speed of around 13 km/h. Hurricane Fiona is expected between Thursday September 22 and Friday September 23, sources say. The 1st evoking the day of Friday while The Weather Channel table more on that of Thursday.
Either way, Hurricane Fiona is expected to particularly affect western Bermuda. Once past the archipelago, according to The Weather Channel, the hurricane is expected to weaken, while retaining its cyclonic characteristics over Newfoundland. In Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, the prefect is already sounding the alarm. Hurricane Fiona, which will become an extratropical cyclone as it leaves the tropical Atlantic, could indeed hit the community this weekend of September 24 and 25.
Canada also in the sights of Hurricane Fiona?
As the Canadian Hurricane Center noted on Tuesday, September 20, “Fiona has become the first major hurricane of the season”. And the ECCC in turn warns in its preliminary bulletin: “Fiona is expected to affect Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec with heavy rain and powerful hurricane-force winds for the beginning of the end of week.” On the program: the different regions should experience “hurricane force winds”. “These strong winds will begin to affect the region at the end of the day on Friday and will persist on Saturday,” said the ECCC.
Fiona became the first major hurricane of the season. People in eastern Canada should monitor the progress of this storm over the next few days as impacts become more likely. the @ECCC_CCPO issued a preliminary bulletin: https://t.co/yDTYOJAUFo pic.twitter.com/cEYfOLWikl
— ECCC Canadian Hurricane Center (@ECCC_CCPO) September 20, 2022
On the rain side, “a significant amount” is expected, and more particularly “north and west of Fiona’s trajectory, where the heavy rain could cause flooding”. Eastern Nova Scotia, southwestern Newfoundland and the Gulf of St. Lawrence region will be impacted. On average, 100-200mm of rain is expected, but closer to Fiona’s path, “more than 200mm of rain is likely”, it says. Finally, on the coasts, big waves are to be feared. “Big waves will reach the eastern shore of Nova Scotia Friday evening or Friday night into Saturday and build to over 10 meters. Waves will likely reach southern Newfoundland by Saturday morning.”