On its way up to Canada’s Atlantic coast, Hurricane Fiona battered Bermuda with strong winds and rain early on Friday.
Canadian authorities have advised citizens in the eastern provinces to get ready for coastal flooding and power shortages.
On Saturday morning, Fiona is anticipated to arrive in Canada.
A second tropical storm emerged in the Caribbean Sea, posing a hurricane threat to Florida.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Depression Nine is still in its early stages and is headed in a direction that might eventually deliver Hurricane Hermine to Florida next week.
Many people in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic are still without electricity or running water after Hurricane Fiona, now a Category 3 hurricane, devastated those two countries earlier this week.
In the Caribbean, five persons have passed away: one in Guadeloupe, two in Puerto Rico, and two in the Dominican Republic.
Hurricane Fiona in Bermuda prompted the closure of businesses and schools.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Fiona’s top sustained winds might reach 130 mph (215 kph).
Residents in the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland are being advised to prepare for the storm’s effects by Canadian officials and meteorologists.
Up to 10 inches of rain might fall in the area, which would make flash floods more likely.
For anyone who want to seek refuge before the storm, shelters have been set up in Halifax and Cape Breton, both in Nova Scotia.
The minister in charge of the province’s disaster preparedness, John Lohr, stated during a press conference on Thursday that “every Nova Scotian should be preparing.”
The storm may be “extremely deadly,” according to Mr. Lohr.
According to Mr. Lohr, the storm is forecast to deliver strong and destructive wind gusts, extremely high waves, coastal storm surges, intense and hazardous rainfall rates, and protracted power outages.
Since storms lose strength once they reach the cooler waters of the north, severe hurricanes are uncommon there. Instead, post-tropical storms develop. But when Hurricane Fiona makes landfall, pressure in the area is expected to be unusually low, allowing for a stronger storm.
Hurricane Juan, a Category 2 hurricane that devastated Nova Scotia in 2003 and left two people dead, severely damaged buildings, and extensive vegetation, was the last tropical cyclone to pound the province.