Miami.- Major Hurricane Fiona with winds of 130 mph (215 km/h) was approaching the Bermuda Islands on Thursday, through which it will pass west tonight on its way to its next destination: the east coast of Canada.
At 1200 GMT, the powerful storm, which has left a trail of destruction and death in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas, was located 455 miles (735 km) west of the British Sovereign Islands.
Halifax, in Nova Scotia (Canada), is separated by about 1,210 miles (1,950 km), according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast.
Fiona is moving toward the north-northeast at approximately 13 mph (20 km/h) and is moving toward the north-northeast or northeast today with an increase in forward speed, before beginning a slight slow motion to the north. Hoping to turn.
According to forecast from Miami-based NHC, the center of Fiona will pass just west of Bermuda tonight, reach Nova Scotia on Friday and move into Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence on Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph (215 km/h) with strong winds, making Fiona a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson scale and the most powerful of the three so far formed in 2022. Atlantic Basin.
Although some weakening is expected starting Friday, the NHC forecast that Fiona will continue to have strong winds on Friday night and after it becomes a tropical system on Saturday.
Hurricane-force winds extend up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and weak tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 205 miles (335 km).
Hurricane conditions will begin to be felt in Bermuda from tonight and will continue through Friday morning.
Fiona is set to bring heavy rain to Bermuda, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and eastern Newfoundland, threatening forested areas with flooding.
In Bermuda, the approach of the storm will cause a hurricane with large and destructive waves, while a large area of the eastern Caribbean will experience dangerous rip currents and rip currents.
Meanwhile, the forecast is less worrisome for Tropical Storm Gaston, which formed this week in the middle of the Atlantic, although a warning is in effect for the west and center of the Azores Islands (Portugal), which will affect winds and hurricanes. Step.
Maximum sustained winds with high gusts are near 65 mph (100 km/h), and depending on the forecast track, the center of Gaston will move near or over parts of the Azores on Friday.