HALIFAX — Up to 200 millimeters of rain is forecast for Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec this weekend as Hurricane Fiona tracks toward the east coast.
In addition to significant storm surges, the potential for flooding in coastal and mainland regions, and the region-wide ‘history’ low pressure system, a potentially ‘historic’ storm could result in widespread blackouts due to collapse of trees and water columns. is expected to cause in strong winds.
At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Environmental Canada meteorologist Bob Robichaux said it remains to be seen if Fiona’s gusts will set records, but in some areas when the gusts are post-tropical. Expected to be stronger than the 150 km/h winds felt, Storm Dorian made landfall in 2019.
Fiona is expected to reach Nova Scotia waters by Friday evening, transit the province’s eastern mainland, Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island on Saturday, and reach Quebec’s Lower North Shore and southeastern Labrador early Sunday morning.
The Canadian Hurricane Center in Dartmouth, North Carolina, said the worst gusts are expected to hit eastern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and parts of Prince Edward Island.
Coastal areas of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland will experience pounding waves, with waves expected to exceed 10 meters off Nova Scotia and potential wave heights of 12 meters or more in the eastern Gulf of St. Lawrence.