Officials from Canada’s Bermuda, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are urging those in the storm’s path to stay on high alert and prepare for the impact of Hurricane Fiona, which has already claimed the lives of at least five people and cut off power for millions this week.
Residents should prepare for damaging winds, high waves, coastal swells and heavy rains that could lead to prolonged power outages, Lohr said. Emergency officials encouraged people to protect outdoor items, cut trees, charge cell phones, and create a 72-hour emergency kit.
The center of the storm was about 155 miles northwest of Bermuda, and hurricane winds could be felt on the island.
“Once Fiona moves to Bermuda, the storm is expected to hit Nova Scotia by Saturday afternoon. Fiona will go extra-tropical before impact, but that will do little to hinder the damage Fiona will cause,” the CNN meteorologist explained. Robert Shackelford.
Across Atlantic Canada, winds could be around 100 mph (160 km / h) as Fiona lands in Nova Scotia, Shackelford said.
In Canada, hurricane warnings are in place for Nova Scotia from Hubbards to Brule and in Newfoundland from Parson’s Pond to Francois. Prince Edward Island and Madeleine Island are also on alert.
Officials on Prince Edward Island are pleading with residents to prepare for the worst and hope for the best as the storm looms.
Tanya Mullally, who serves as the province’s chief of emergency management, said one of Fiona’s most pressing concerns is the historic storm surge it is expected to unleash.
He added that the northern part of the island is bearing the brunt of the storm due to the direction of the winds, which will likely cause property damage and coastal flooding.
Fiona’s power outages continue
Earlier this week, Fiona damaged homes and upended critical energy and water infrastructure for millions of people across Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos.
The mass power outage is occurring as much of Puerto Rico endures extreme heat, which caused temperatures as high as 112 degrees Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
Daniel Hernández, director of renewable projects at LUMA, explained that critical locations, including hospitals, will be given priority before repairs can begin on an individual level.
“This is a normal process. The important thing is that everyone is calm … we are working to ensure that 100% of customers get service as soon as possible,” said Hernández.
As of Wednesday, more than 800 people have been housed in dozens of shelters across the island, according to Puerto Rico Housing Secretary William Rodriguez.
President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for the US territory, FEMA said. The move allows residents to access grants for temporary housing and home repairs, as well as low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses.
In the Dominican Republic, Fiona struck 8,708 families and destroyed 2,262 homes, according to the nation’s head of emergency operations, Maj. Gen. Juan Méndez García.
He said more than 210,000 homes and businesses were still in the dark Thursday morning and another 725,246 customers were without running water.
“This was something incredible that we have never seen before,” Ramona Santana in Higüey, Dominican Republic told CNN en Español this week. “We are on the streets with nothing, no food, no shoes, clothes, just what you are wearing … We have nothing. We have God and the hope that help will come.”
Fiona also threatened parts of Turks and Caicos on Tuesday and areas of British territory were still powerless earlier this week, particularly over Grand Turk, South Caicos, Salt Cay, North Caicos and Middle Caicos, said Anya Williams, governor. interim of the islands.
Melissa Alonso, Ana Melgar Zuniga and Amanda Musa of CNN contributed to this report.