Hurricane Fiona: Canadians prepare for floods and power outages

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 Hurricane Fiona: Canadians brace for floods and power outages

Hurricane Fiona hit Bermuda with torrential rain and winds early Friday as it headed for Canada's Atlantic coast.

Canadian officials urged residents of the country's eastern provinces to prepare for coastal flooding and power outages.

Fiona is expected to arrive off the coast of Canada by Saturday morning.

Florida is also facing a hurricane threat after a separate tropical cyclone formed in the Caribbean Sea.

According to the National Center hurricanes, Tropical Depression 9 is in its early stages and on a path that could bring it to Florida next week in the form of Hurricane Hermine.

Hurricane Fiona, now a Category 3 hurricane, already damaged Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic earlier this week, with many still without power and running water.

Five people died in 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.

The National Hurricane Center said the maximum wind speeds in Fiona can reach 130 miles per hour (215 km/h).

Canadian officials and meteorologists are urging residents to be prepared for the impact of the storm as it reaches the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

Six to 10 inches of rain could fall in the region, increasing the risk of sudden flooding.

Shelters were prepared in Halifax and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia for people who could take shelter before the storm.

“Every Nova Scotian should be ready,” — John Lore, the minister in charge of emergency preparedness for the province, said at a press conference on Thursday.

Mr Lore added that the storm could be “very dangerous.”

“The storm is expected to bring strong and destructive gusts of wind, very high waves and coastal storm surges, intense and dangerous precipitation and prolonged power outages,” — Lohr said.

Severe hurricanes are rare in Canada as storms lose their energy when they encounter colder waters to the north and become post-tropical instead. But pressure in the region is forecast to will be historically low as Hurricane Fiona will make landfall, giving way to a stronger storm.

Nova Scotia was last hit by a tropical cyclone in 2003 with Hurricane Juan, a Category 2 storm that killed two people and buildings and vegetation were badly damaged.

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