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Hurricane Fiona strengthened overnight on Tuesday, progressing to a Category 4 hurricane with gusts of 260 km/h, still moving toward eastern Nova Scotia and western Newfoundland.
“It’s a very strong storm,” CBC Newfoundland and Labrador meteorologist Ashley Bruweiler said on Wednesday.
“It’s a big system. It’s not something to be taken lightly.”
Environment Canada has issued a tropical cyclone statement for parts of the southern coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Here’s what Brauweiler wants you to know about making landfall before a hurricane.
When will we start to feel the impact in Newfoundland?
“It’s going to be a long weekend,” Brauweiler warned.
“It’s going to be a massive hurricane that is essentially affecting the whole of Atlantic Canada by the time we get there from Friday night through Saturday.”
The storm will pass west of Bermuda over the next few days, at this point coming on as a very strong hurricane, potentially Category 3, toward eastern Nova Scotia, Breuweiler said.
“Winds will continue to blow at 195 km/h till we reach around 3.30 am on Saturday.”
As Fiona moves toward the Atlantic provinces, it will transition into a post-tropical storm. When this happens, Brauweiler said, the air field usually expands. “When you have a hurricane, it’s usually around the center where you see the strongest winds, but after a tropical storm the wind area expands,” she explained.
Where do we feel it?
The entire island and parts of Labrador, but southwestern Newfoundland, will bear the brunt.
The rain band leading up to the storm will hit southwestern Newfoundland from Friday afternoon through Saturday, bringing 80 to 100 millimeters of rain south from Corner Brook.
But the main event is the wind, which will be serious.
“At this point, there’s a good chance that we’ll see hurricane-force winds, particularly for the southwest parts of Newfoundland, so … the Port au Port peninsula and then Bergio to the southwest. So we’re 120 Talking as a top speed of 140 km/h,” Brauweiler said.
“In areas like Corner Brook still between 90 and 110 km/h through a good part of Saturday and even along the south coast—and even as far as Avalon, we’re 60. We can see gusts of wind up to 90 km / h.
What else is going on here?
Bruweiler said we could see extended power cuts with these winds, which will move into hurricane force Saturday morning through early evening.
“Watch out. The trees are still in full leaf, aren’t they?” he said. “Usually when we see these strong winds it is winter time, the ground is frozen, the trees have no leaves. The ground is not very frozen at this time of year, and there are lots of leaves on the trees. Basically it acts like a sailing”
People should also expect storm surges.
“With that type of wind, and with the fact that it’s a hurricane — coming in such a strong category, I’d say some very severe storm surges are expected along the south coast.”
How long will it last on the field?
Rain will begin Friday, while winds will begin on Saturday and continue for a good part of the afternoon, before the system continues northward into Labrador. It will rain for some time in western Newfoundland on Sunday as the winds begin to ease. From Sunday night to Monday morning, the weather will start clearing up and the winds will stop.
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