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Hurricane Fiona hits Bermuda before hitting Canada

Drone captures footage inside Hurricane Fiona

Drone captures footage inside Hurricane Fiona


Fiona, a Category 3 hurricane, battered Bermuda with heavy rain and winds early Friday as it swept across the island on a track forecast to approach it from northeastern Canada late in the day as of a still powerful storm.

Authorities in Bermuda opened shelters and closed schools and offices ahead of Fiona. Premier David Burt sent out a tweet urging residents to “take care of yourself and your family. Remember to check in and be careful of your elders, family and neighbours.”

Hurricane Fiona is seen in a satellite image off the east coast of the United States as it hit Bermuda hard early on September 23, 2022.


The Canadian Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for large stretches of coastline in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said Fiona is expected to reach the region as a “large, powerful post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds”.

“This will be a storm that everyone will remember when all is said and done,” said Bob Robichaud, warning preparedness meteorologist for the Canadian Hurricane Center.

Meanwhile, CBS News weather producer David Parkinson points to Tropical Depression 9, which he says was given that tag Friday morning by the US National Hurricane Center in Miami. Parkinson says models show it moving over Cuba like what would be called Hurricane Hermene, then rapidly intensifying before making landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast, likely mid-week, then possibly being crossing Florida and heading towards the east coast of the United States.

As of early Friday, the system was about 615 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

The hurricane center says Hermene could become a powerful Category 2 hurricane, which means its winds could reach 110 mph.

The US Hurricane Center said Fiona had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph early Friday. It was centered about 155 miles northwest of Bermuda and 765 miles south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was heading north-northeast at high speed, for the hurricane, 21 mph.

Hurricane force winds extended out to 115 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extended out to 345 miles.

So far, Fiona has been charged with at least five deaths – two in Puerto Rico, two in the Dominican Republic and one on the French island of Guadeloupe.

Hurricanes in Canada are quite rare, in part because once the storms reach colder waters, they lose their main source of energy. and become extratropical. But these cyclones can still have hurricane-force winds, but with a cold core instead of a warm core and no eye visible. Their shape can also be different. They lose their symmetrical shape and may look more like a comma.

Robichaud told a news conference that modeling predicted “all-weather” low pressure in the area, which would bring storm surges and 4 to 8 inches of precipitation.

Amanda McDougall, mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, said officials were preparing shelter for people to enter before the storm hits.

“We’ve been through these types of events before, but my fear is not that much,” she said. “The impacts are going to be significant, real and immediate.”

Dave Pickles, chief operating officer of Nova Scotia Power, said he expected widespread power outages.

Before reaching Bermuda, Fiona caused serious flooding and devastation in Puerto Ricoleading President Biden to say on Thursday that the full force of the federal government is ready to help America’s homeland recover.

Speaking at a briefing with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in New York, Mr Biden said: “We are all in this together.”

He noted that hundreds of FEMA and other federal officials are already on the ground in Puerto Rico, where Fiona caused an island-wide blackout.

More than 60% of electricity customers were left without power on Thursday and a third of homes and businesses were without water, while local officials said they could not say when service would be fully restored.

As of Friday, hundreds of people in Puerto Rico were left isolated by blocked roads five days after the hurricane devastated the island. Frustration was mounting for people like Nancy Galarza, who tried to seek help from work crews she spotted in the distance.

“Everyone is going out there,” she said, pointing to crews at the base of the mountain helping others also cut off by the storm. “No one comes here to see us. I’m worried about all the older people in this community.”

At least five landslides covered the narrow road leading to his community in the rugged mountains around the northern town of Caguas. The only way to reach the settlement was to climb over thick mounds of mud, rocks and debris left behind by Fiona, whose floodwaters shook the foundations of nearby homes with earthquake-like force.

At least eight of Caguas’ 11 communities were completely isolated, said Luis González, municipal inspector of recovery and reconstruction.

It was one of at least six municipalities where crews had yet to reach certain areas. People there often depend on help from neighbors, as they did after Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm in 2017 that killed nearly 3,000 people.


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