Classified as a Category 4 hurricane, Fiona has already swept through Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, killing at least 10 people. It is currently continuing its dazzling ascent towards Canada, propelled by winds of 210 km/h. Nova Scotia is particularly targeted by the risk of receiving accumulations that can exceed 200 mm in places and undergo gusts above 150 km/.
Risks and expected impacts
Currently, NOAA predicts Fiona to become a Category 2 hurricane, when it makes landfall in Canada Friday night into Saturday. If so, it would only be the third time in history that a Category 2 hurricane has hit Nova Scotia. The last time was Juan in 2003.
That being said, its impacts could be substantial: flooding, flash floods and damage associated with the passage of strong gusts of up to 150 km/h are anticipated. Regions close to bodies of water will be particularly vulnerable to bad weather caused by waves.
Risks of power outages
The Iles-de-la-Madeleine are particularly affected by the possibility of being hit by strong gusts and storm surges likely to cause major power outages to start the weekend. Low risks of experiencing such outages also apply to certain regions of Quebec.