Powerful Hurricane Fiona hits Bermuda, moves toward Canada

Fiona, a Category 4 hurricane, lashed Bermuda with heavy rains and strong winds as it passed the island early Friday on a track that is predicted to bring it closer to northeastern Canada later in the day as a meteor still. powerful.

Bermuda authorities opened shelters and closed schools and offices before the arrival of the hurricane. In a tweet, Prime Minister David Burt urged people to “take care of themselves and their families. Let’s remember to control and take care of our elders, relatives and neighbors too.

The Canadian Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch covering large areas off the coast of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. Fiona could reach the region as a “large and powerful post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds,” said the United States National Hurricane Center (NHC, for its acronym in English).

“It’s going to be a storm that the whole world will remember,” said Bob Robichaud, a warning preparedness meteorologist for the Canadian center.

According to the NHC, Fiona had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 km/h) on Thursday night, was about 195 miles (315 km) west of Bermuda and was moving north-northeast at 33 km/h. h (21mph).

Hurricane-force winds extended up to 185 km (115 miles) from the vortex and tropical storm-force winds reached 445 km (275 miles).

So far, Fiona has caused at least five deaths: two in Puerto Rico, two in the Dominican Republic and one in the Guadalupe archipelago.

The presence of hurricanes in Canada is unusual, in part because once storms reach cooler waters they lose their main source of energy and become extratropical cyclones. But these events can have hurricane-force winds, even though they have a cold core instead of a warm one and no visible vortex. They lose their symmetrical shape and can more closely resemble a comma.

Robichaud explained at a news conference that the models predict “historic” low pressures in the region, which could cause storm surges and rainfall of between 10 and 20 centimeters (4 to 8 inches).

Before reaching Bermuda, Fiona caused severe flooding and damage in Puerto Rico, prompting US President Joe Biden to say Thursday that the federal government is ready to help the territory recover.

In a briefing with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in New York, Biden said: “We are in this together.” Hundreds of officials from the agency and other departments are already in Puerto Rico, where Fiona caused an island-wide blackout, she added.

More than 60% of customers were still without power Thursday and a third of homes had no water. Local authorities admitted that they could not give a date for the complete restoration of service.

Five days after Fiona’s passage, hundreds of people were still isolated on Friday due to road closures.


Associated Press writers Zeke Miller in Washington, Seth Borenstein in New York, Rob Gillies in Toronto, and Maricarmen Rivera Sánchez in San Juan, Puerto Rico, contributed to this report.

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