IG news Update,
As PEI ramped up preparations for Hurricane Fiona’s possible landfall on Friday night, the island’s Emergency Measures Organization upgraded the activation level of its emergency plan.
The PEI Emergency Measures organization said Thursday it is partially active Level 2, which means employees and other government departments are meeting more often to discuss preparedness for the storm.
Environment Canada has updated its special weather statement regarding the storm. At the center of the forecast track, Fiona is currently making landfall somewhere around Canso Strait.
“It is expected to hit with hurricane-force strength, Category 1 or possibly Category 2, before taking aim in the Gulf of St. Lawrence,” said CBC meteorologist Tina Simpkin.
“As it stands now PEI will not be spared from Fiona’s wrath.”
Heavy rain will begin late Friday night and the storm will continue till Saturday.
Fiona’s forecast track has been moving west over the past few days, with a greater impact on the region than predicted earlier this week.
Fiona is expected to merge with a low-pressure system as it hits the Maritimes and turns into a tropical storm later. But much like Dorian, which was downgraded when PEI arrived, its effects can still be devastating.
Those impacts would include high winds, intense rainfall, and coastal flooding with storms and very high waves.
The PEI government is warning that Fiona’s impact could be compared to Hurricane Juan in 2003.
“Our window to preparedness is certainly closing,” said Tanya Mullally, acting director of public safety for the province.
“People should look out of their windows, look at their properties and check to make sure everything that might be airborne should be tied up, whatever you can took away. “
Keeping those items safe will help prevent damage from hurricanes.
With the size of this storm, even if the track changes somewhat at this point, islanders could assume significant impacts from tip to tip, Mullally said.