Hurricane Fiona will accelerate, bringing ‘hurricane-like winds’ to Atlantic Canada RS News

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Environment Canada says Hurricane Fiona is continuing to move north and is expected to affect Nova Scotia late Friday and Saturday morning.

Fiona is now located just over 2,000 miles southwest of Sable Island, with sustained winds of 213 miles per hour.

The Category 4 hurricane is currently moving northeast at 15 miles per hour.

Hurricane Fiona is expected to hit Atlantic Canada on Saturday night.

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On Thursday, the storm is expected to turn northeast and then accelerate.

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“This storm is making it a severe event in Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec,” read a 9 a.m. update from Environment Canada.

“Most areas will have hurricane force winds.”

Fiona is expected to turn northeast and then accelerate, reaching Sable Island Friday night as it transitions to a post-tropical storm.

It is then forecast to cross eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island on Saturday morning. The storm will make landfall in Quebec on the north coast and southeast Labrador by early Sunday.

Fiona is expected to bring widespread rainfall, between 100 and 200 millimeters, although it may be higher in areas closer to the storm’s path.

“Strong winds and rain will have major impacts on eastern Prince Edward Island, eastern Nova Scotia, western Newfoundland, eastern Quebec, and southeastern Labrador,” the weather agency said.

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Winds are expected to affect the area late Friday and continue into Saturday.

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Environment Canada says: “Hurricanes of this type have caused extensive damage to buildings.

High tides are expected in coastal areas. In eastern Nova Scotia waves could exceed 10 meters on Friday night, and similar waves will reach Newfoundland on Saturday morning. Eastern parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence could see waves of more than 12 meters.

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Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians are being urged to prepare as the province awaits Fiona’s arrival.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Jason Mew, director of Nova Scotia’s Office of Emergency Management division of incident management, had a simple message: be prepared.

“I can’t stress this enough … prepare today, continue to prepare tomorrow for a very tough event Friday through Saturday,” he said Wednesday.

The Canadian Hurricane Center in Nova Scotia is holding a news release at 1 pm AT in Dartmouth. The event will be broadcast on this page.

With files from Alex Cooke.

– more to come.

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