Irshadgul News report,
Hurricane Fiona is moving toward Atlantic Canada amid warnings that it could be the strongest storm ever to hit the region.
Officials say the Category 4 storm will weaken before reaching Nova Scotia, but it could still be a “historic storm.” A meteorologist at Canada’s Hurricane Center told CNN That Fiona “could be Canada’s version of (Hurricane) Sandy.”
Meteorologists have predicted hurricane-force winds, waves of about 40 feet (12 m), widespread coastal flooding and more than seven inches (20 cm) of rain in some areas.
Hurricane warnings have been issued for parts of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. Other parts of Atlantic Canada are under tropical storm warnings or watches.
Nova Scotia’s provincial government urged residents for power outages and emergency supplies to pack bags and secure doors and windows.
“If you are in the area, please take the appropriate precautions and listen to local authorities,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also posted on Twitter.
Hurricanes will occasionally pass through Canada, though are often weaker than storms approaching the tropics, which are dulled by cooler waters in the North Sea. The most devastating hurricane to hit the country in recent years was Hurricane Juan, which struck Nova Scotia as a Category 2 hurricane in 2003, killing eight people.
Bus services, ferries and flights have been suspended and parks closed across the region, reports global newsBecause the hockey game and the Halifax Oyster Festival have been postponed.
Tropical cyclones are expected to strengthen in the coming decades as the climate crisis escalates and sea and air temperatures rise. Warmer water can supercharge a storm, adding tons of more rain and wind that can be especially devastating as the storm hits land.
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