Powerful winds and heavy rains from Hurricane Fiona were battering Bermuda in the morning as the Category 4 storm brushed the island in the Atlantic en route to northeastern Canada on Friday morning.
Threat level: Some 8,000 customers were without power in Bermuda as Fiona swept through British territory, the island’s Royal Gazette reports. The Canadian Hurricane Center (CHC) tweeted at 3 a.m. Friday that warnings were “in effect for what appears to be a historic storm for eastern Canada.”
- “This storm is going to hit us, folks,” Mike Savage, mayor of Halifax in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, said Thursday, urging residents to prepare for Fiona’s possible landfall, according to CTV News. “It’s going to hit us in the face.”
State of play: Hurricane watches and warnings were in effect for much of the coasts of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island, with the CHC warning of a “serious event for the Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec”.
Meanwhile, Hurricane conditions are expected to continue in Bermuda for several hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The big picture: Fiona has been linked to at least five deaths, including two in Puerto Rico after the storm caused widespread destruction as it flooded US territory, knocking out power across the island on Sunday. Just under a million customers were still without power Friday morning, according to PowerOutage.US.
- President Biden has declared a major disaster in Puerto Rico and announced Thursday that the federal government will cover 100% of costs for the next month to help with recovery efforts.
- The storm was also responsible for two deaths in the Dominican Republic and one on the French island of Guadeloupe – which also experienced widespread power outages as Fiona passed.