Fiona Approaches Northeastern Canada As A Large, Powerful Storm

Late on Friday, Hurricane Fiona changed its classification to a post-tropical cyclone. However, meteorologists said it still had the potential to be one of the worst storms in American history, bringing hurricane-force winds, torrential rain, and large waves to the Atlantic Canada region.

Fiona

Hurricane Fiona is a post-tropical storm currently affecting Atlantic Canada after making landfall as a hurricane in Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, passing close to the Turks and Caicos Islands and Bermuda. Fiona, which made landfall on September 14 as a tropical depression east of the Leeward Islands, became the sixth named storm, third hurricane, and first major hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season. Fiona originated from a tropical wave that erupted in West Africa.

On September 15, it was named Fiona despite the system being affected by dry air and moderate to heavy wind shear. It entered the Caribbean Sea on September 16 and skirted Guadeloupe before becoming a hurricane two days later as it approached Puerto Rico. The National Hurricane Center reported that at 19:20 UTC, the eye of Fiona made landfall along Puerto Rico’s southwest coast close to Punta Tocon, between the towns of Lajas and Cabo Rojo.

Shortly later, the hurricane made landfall in the Dominican Republic before intensifying into the season’s first major hurricane. The hurricane intensified as it passed across the Turks and Caicos; the next day, as it accelerated north, it achieved Category 4 status. The storm achieved peak speeds of 130 mph (215 km/h) and low pressure of 932 hPa after enduring eyewall replacement cycles (27.52 inHg).

Fiona, which had a Category 4 storm rating when it began the day but had fallen to a Category 2 storm by Friday night, was expected to make landfall in Nova Scotia early on Saturday.

Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland’s expansive coastlines were under a hurricane watch from the Canadian Hurricane Centre. Fiona should make landfall as a “big and powerful post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds,” according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

According to Ian Hubbard, a meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, “this is going to be one of, if not the most powerful, tropical cyclones to impact this region of the country.” “It’s going to be as severe and as bad as any I’ve seen,” the speaker predicted.

Early on Friday, Fiona, a Category 4 hurricane, passed over Bermuda on her way to northeastern Canada, battering the island with strong winds and rain. Ahead of Fiona, Bermudan authorities opened shelters and closed offices and schools. The national security minister, Michael Weeks, claimed no reports of significant damage had been reported.

Fiona devastated Puerto Rico before it reached Bermuda, which prompted U.S. President Joe Biden to declare on Thursday that the entire federal government is prepared to assist the U.S. territory in recovering.

Observation

According to the U.S. Center, Fiona had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165 kph) late on Friday. It was located around 220 kilometers (140 miles) southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, traveling at 46 mph in the north (74 kph).

Up to 185 miles (295 kilometers) from the Centre, hurricane-force winds and 345 miles from tropical-storm-force winds were present (555 kilometers).

According to Hubbard, the storm was losing power as it crossed over cooler water, and it was highly improbable that a hurricane-force storm would make landfall. Because the storms lose their primary energy source when they enter colder waters, hurricanes are not common in Canada. And move outside the tropics. However, despite having a cold core rather than a warm one and no real eye, those cyclones can still produce winds comparable to hurricanes. They can also vary in shape. They become less symmetrical and can take on a more comma-like appearance.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre’s Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Bob Robichaud, stated that while the storm’s winds and rains would arrive late on Friday, the storm’s Centre was anticipated to land in Nova Scotia on Saturday morning.

Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, predicted a negative outcome. Naturally, we hope there won’t be much of a need, but we believe there probably will. And for that, we’ll be there. For the next 24 hours, we urge everyone to remain safe, heed local authorities’ recommendations, and persevere.

Warning

Authorities in Prince Edward Island warned about significant flooding along the province’s northern shore. “Immediate measures should be made to safeguard property. Avoid the coast; the waves are hazardous. According to the advisory, residents in such areas should be prepared to leave if necessary.

Authorities in Nova Scotia issued a phone emergency notice informing people of the approach of Fiona and advising them to stay indoors, stay away from the beach, charge their electronics, and stock up on supplies for at least 72 hours. Authorities issued warnings about extended power outages, wind damage to buildings and trees, coastal flooding, and potential road washouts.

Prince Edward Island, Isle-de-la-Madeleine, Newfoundland from Parson’s Pond to Francois, Nova Scotia from Hubbards to Brule, and Isle-de-la-Madeleine were all under a hurricane warning.

Preparation for the storm

In preparation for the storm, people in Atlantic Canada stocked up on last-minute necessities and storm-proofed their homes on Friday.

Jordan David was assisting his friend Kyle Boudreau to secure his lobster boat “Bad Influence” at Samsons Enterprise’s boatyard in Petit-de-Grat, a small Acadian settlement on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, in the hopes that the vessel wouldn’t be lifted and damaged by winds.

“All we can do is prepare ourselves as best we can and hope for the best. The severity of what’s coming has not yet been decided, said David, dressed in his outdoor waterproof gear.

Kyle Boudreau expressed his concern. This is how we make a living. Our boats and traps have been damaged. It’s stuff you can skip starting your season the following year, he remarked.

Aidan Sampson claimed that he had been dragging fishing boats out of the sea for the previous week while working 11-hour days in his father-in-boatyard.

Deaths Reported

At least five fatalities have been linked to Fiona, including two in Puerto Rico, two in the Dominican Republic, and one in Guadeloupe, a French territory.

 

 

 

Gloria Flynt

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