Hurricane Fiona is kicking up large waves because it approaches Bermuda, the place climate situations are anticipated to deteriorate Thursday earlier than the storm heads towards Atlantic Canada.
Fiona’s march north comes after the storm devastated Puerto Rico and different Caribbean islands, the place many residents are nonetheless left with out energy and water days after Fiona hit.
“Vital” waves as much as 50 toes have been recorded by a Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Saildrone within the Atlantic on Thursday.
A hurricane warning is in impact for Bermuda as Fiona, a Class 4 hurricane, approaches, in accordance with the Nationwide Hurricane Heart. Hurricane situations are anticipated in Bermuda beginning Thursday evening by means of Friday morning, inflicting elevated coastal water ranges, potential energy outages and about two to 4 inches of rainfall, the middle mentioned.
Thursday afternoon, Fiona was situated 345 miles southwest of Bermuda with most sustained winds of 130 mph and was transferring north-northeast at 16 mph, the middle mentioned. The storm is anticipated to move to the west of the island Thursday evening earlier than approaching the Canadian province of Nova Scotia on Friday.
Hurricane Fiona takes purpose at Atlantic Canada
Whereas the storm is anticipated to weaken Friday, Fiona remains to be forecast to be “a big and highly effective post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds” when it hits Canada, in accordance with the Nationwide Hurricane Heart.
A hurricane watch has been issued for elements of Atlantic Canada, together with Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, The Magdalen Islands, and the coast of Newfoundland, in accordance with the middle.
These areas are anticipated to see three to 6 inches of rain with native maximums of as much as 10 inches, inflicting doubtlessly vital flooding, the middle forecast.
Atlantic Canada is anticipated to “obtain the complete brunt of Hurricane Fiona’s impacts this weekend” with some areas in danger for “excessive injury,” AccuWeather said.
“Fiona will bring widespread power outages due to high winds, flooding due to torrential rain and isolated storm surge and massive seas offshore and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence,” AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Anderson said.
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Tropical system Invest 98L developing
“This is the most significant threat for the U.S. mainland we’ve had this hurricane season,” AccuWeather chief meteorologist Jonathan Porter said.
Most computer models predict the system, Invest 98L, will be a tropical storm by the weekend in the Caribbean. The models show the system strengthening into a hurricane by early next week. If it becomes a named storm, it would be called Hermine. Read more here.
— Doyle Rice, USA TODAY
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Many Puerto Ricans remain without water, food, medicine
Days after Fiona hit Puerto Rico, more than a million people remained without power Wednesday, said Keith Turi, FEMA assistant administrator for recovery. And the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority said about 45% of its subscribers were still without water service.
More than 1,000 people were in shelters early Wednesday, said Brad Kieserman, vice president of operations and logistics for the Red Cross.
Some health care centers were running on generators, and one cancer hospital had to transfer patients because of power issues, said Alexandra Lúgaro, 41, executive director of the non-profit Foundation for Puerto Rico’s Center for Strategic Innovation and a former candidate for governor. Read more here.
— Kevin Crowe, USA TODAY
Puerto Rico struggles to reach isolated areas
After destroying roads and bridges and causing mudslides, Fiona has left hundreds of Puerto Ricans stranded as authorities work with religious groups and nonprofits to reach areas isolated by the storm in order to provide vital food, water and medicine.
At least six municipalities have areas cut off by the storm, Nino Correa, commissioner for Puerto Rico’s emergency management agency, estimated.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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