Hurricane Fiona on Wednesday reached Category 4 with winds of 130 mph. Forecasters say the storm is expected to pass near Bermuda later this week.
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an update at 8:00 a.m. ET, I have written That Fiona is traveling due north at about 8 mph. A hurricane advisory and tropical storm warning have been issued for Bermuda, the agency said, noting that concerns for northeastern Canada should monitor the storm’s progress.
“This overall motion is expected to continue into the evening. A north-northeast turn is expected with increased forward speed by Thursday. It will move away from and approach Bermuda late Thursday,” the NHC said.
By Saturday, Fiona (or storm debris) will affect the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. The NHC said Fiona will bring dangerous rip currents to U.S. beaches, but the storm will remain far off the U.S. East Coast.
“The swell will continue to spread westward across the southwestern Atlantic toward the northwestern Bahamas and the east coast of the United States over the next day or two. The swell from Fiona will reach Bermuda by early Thursday morning. is expected,” said the Hurricane Watch Agency. “The swell can cause life-threatening waves and tear through the current conditions. See your local Meteorological Agency product.”
An estimated 1.2 million homes and businesses remained without power in Puerto Rico Wednesday morning after Fiona crashed into the island on Sunday, and about 3.3 million people were without power across the island. and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Poweroutages.com, which estimates outages based on data from utilities, said 1.168 million customers were still in service as of early Wednesday, based on limited information available from LUMA Energy, which operates Puerto Rico’s grid. said he had not received
The company said that “a full restoration could take several days.”
The storm comes five years after Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, which caused the worst blackout in U.S. history.
President Joe Biden met with Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi on Monday and promised more support personnel to be sent to the island in the coming days.
“The president has said he will ensure the federal team continues to carry out its mission,” the White House said in a statement.
Reuters contributed to this report