The Canadian Hurricane Center (CHC) is closely monitoring Category 3 Hurricane Fiona, which was east of the Bahamas on Tuesday morning.
In a tropical cyclone information bulletin released on Tuesday, the federal agency said the storm is expected to track northward this week and develop into a large and powerful post-tropical storm by Saturday.
Hurricane Fiona is expected to affect land areas of Atlantic Canada on Saturday and southern offshore areas on Friday, the CHC said.
“Since we expect the storm to become quite large, the area affected will be very large,” the news bulletin read.
The target area includes Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, the Magdalen Islands and the east coast of New Brunswick.
The storm could affect the Chaleur region, Kent County, Miramichi and its region, Moncton and southeastern New Brunswick, Kouchibouguac National Park and the Acadian Peninsula.
Early Tuesday, Fiona hit Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic with downpours and winds blowing at 185 km/h.
The storm is expected to strengthen Wednesday and possibly become a Category 4 hurricane as it approaches Bermuda with winds of 220 km/h.
CHC intended to issue regular update bulletins every 6 a.m. starting Tuesday evening or early Wednesday.