The powerful Hurricane Fiona hit the Caribbean island of Bermuda in the early hours of this Friday with intense rains and strong winds, and continued its trajectory towards the coasts of northeastern Canada.
Before hitting Bermuda, The United States National Hurricane Center indicated that the category 4 hurricane maintained winds of over 215 kilometers per hour with a speed of 20 kilometers per hour.
Island authorities opened shelters, closed schools and offices before Fiona’s arrival.
Bermuda’s prime minister urged the population to take care of themselves and stay tuned for announcements from the authorities after the hurricane.
The Canadian Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch covering the coast of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island.
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 23, 2022
Fiona could reach the Canadian coast as a powerful post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds.
Before reaching Bermuda, Fiona caused severe flooding and damage in Puerto Ricoprompting US President Joe Biden to say Thursday that the federal government is ready to help the island recover.
For now, Hurricane Fiona has caused at least five deaths: two in Puerto Rico, two in the Dominican Republic and one in the Guadalupe archipelago.
(With information from teleSUR)