Hurricane Fiona: Hurricane, Tropical Storm Warnings in effect Pipa News

Hurricane Fiona: Hurricane, Tropical Storm Warnings in effect

After passing west of Bermuda, Fiona regained Category 4 strength when maximum sustained winds near the eye of the storm rose to 215 kilometers per hour.

As predicted, Fiona continues to increase speed in a northeasterly direction – now reaching a speed of 35 miles per hour. Friday at 2:15 PM, downtown Fiona was about 800 kilometers south of Halifax.

Hurricane Fiona is rapidly closing its distance toward Atlantic Canada, moving northeast at nearly 35 mph.

TRACK

Little has changed on Fiona’s prediction track in the past 24 hours. The storm is expected to enter the Scotia Slope marine area Friday evening as a Category 3 hurricane. Making landfall as a severe post-tropical storm — equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane — is expected in eastern Nova Scotia early Saturday morning.

It seems increasingly likely that the landing point will be somewhere between Canso on the mainland and Louisbourg in Cape Breton, around 5 or 6 a.m. Saturday morning. However, some change in landing point and time is still possible.

After making landfall, the storm will slow until Saturday evening, before lifting the center to move north near Newfoundland’s western shoreline.

The storm will have broad and severe impacts on the Maritimes when it comes to wind, rain and storm surge. Hurricane and tropical storm warnings have been issued. Weather conditions deteriorate Friday evening into Saturday morning.

Little has changed in the storm’s predicted track in the past 24 hours. An expected landfall in eastern Nova Scotia as the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane early Saturday morning.

WIND

The strongest winds will occur north and east of Fiona’s landing point. This brings particularly high and dangerous winds to Cape Breton, the eastern mainland of Nova Scotia, the north coast of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the southeastern coastline of New Brunswick.

In these areas, peak wind gusts can reach 120 to 150 kilometers per hour, posing a high risk of tree fall and possibly some damage to parts of structures, such as roofing material. Winds of tropical storm force, including gusts of 90 to 120 kilometers per hour, can extend much further west.

The rest of Nova Scotia, the eastern half of New Brunswick, and the Bay of Fundy shoreline are under a wind warning warning. Power outages are likely to occur as a result of those winds, especially since the leaves are still on trees and increase the force of that wind against them. Winds will gradually decrease for western areas Saturday afternoon and easterly areas Saturday evening.

Winds will increase for much of the Maritimes Friday evening through Saturday morning. Strongest expected in eastern Nova Scotia and PEI

TO RAIN

Heavy rain will accompany the storm for the eastern half of the Maritimes. The highest precipitation totals and risk of flash flooding and washouts are in eastern PEI and eastern Nova Scotia, where 80 to 200 millimeters is possible. Rainfall will increase and become heavy Friday evening through Saturday morning. The pouring rain reduces visibility and causes aquaplaning on roads.

The amount and impact of the rain decreases westward to New Brunswick, westward into PEI and southwestern into Nova Scotia. Rain warnings have been issued for much of the Maritimes.

In eastern Prince Edward Island and eastern Nova Scotia, torrential rains totaling 80 to 200 mm are expected, with the risk of flash flooding and washouts.

STORM SURGE

Storm surge warnings are in effect for the east coast of New Brunswick, the north coast of Prince Edward Island, the north coast of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and the coast of Guysborough County. There will be a combination of elevated water levels, high winds and crashing waves in these areas. Risks include damage to coastal infrastructure, flooding and erosion. Extra caution is advised near the high tide that occurs on Saturday morning.

The chance of storm surge decreases Saturday afternoon. Extremely large waves of eight to twelve meters — or 25 to 40 feet — can be present near coastal areas of Eastern Cape Breton. Those extreme waves are expected to break as they approach the coast.

An intense wave action is expected for coastal areas east of the Maritimes. Extra caution is advised at high tide on Saturday morning.
Storm surge warnings have been posted for parts of the Maritimes most at risk of damage, flooding and erosion as the storm passes.

MAGDALEN ISLANDS

The Magdalena Islands can expect a similar storm impact to Prince Edward Island’s northern shoreline. On Saturday morning, there is a chance of peak wind gusts from the north of 120 to 150 kilometers per hour. Precipitation of 80 to 100 millimeters in total and the threat of storm surge until noon Saturday morning. The islands are under rain, wind, storm surge and a hurricane warning.

STORM PASSAGE

Weather conditions gradually improve from Saturday afternoon to Saturday evening, west to east, for the Maritimes. The forecast for Sunday is a mix of sun and cloud with a gusty westerly wind and high temperatures in the mid to high teens. It will likely take days to assess the storm’s damage and longer to fully recover for the worst affected areas

CTV news will be broadcast live, comprehensively in our live Fiona newscast special starting at 6pm Saturday. It can be viewed on TV at CTV News, in the CTV News app and on our website at ctvnewsatlantic.ca.

It is important that residents continue to check details of the latest weather warnings for their specific area.

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