Rare warnings issued in Canada as storm brings 40ft waves – Hurricane Fiona live

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Atlantic Canadians brace for dangerous Hurricane Fiona

Hurricane Fiona is on a collision course with Atlantic Canada after devastating Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic this week.

The storm is expected to make landfall late Friday evening, bringing strong winds and rain into the early hours of Saturday.

The province of Nova Scotia is expected to take a hit with warnings of severe flooding and power outages. Due to the size of the storm, hazardous weather is also forecast for parts of Newfoundland, Labrador, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

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The Canadian Hurricane Center has warned that this could be a “historic storm”. A meteorologist from the agency said: CNN that Hurricane Fiona could rival 2012 Superstorm Sandy, which devastated the U.S. East Coast.

Hurricane Fiona left hundreds of thousands of people without running water or electricity in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

The climate crisis is driving higher global ocean and air temperatures that fuel hurricanes with more intense wind and rain.

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Supermarkets see empty shelves

Grocery store shelves are empty in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Friday as people prepare for Hurricane Fiona to hit the region

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Flooding can be ‘significant’

The latest update from the US National Hurricane Center warns that in some areas of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, up to 10 inches of rain could fall, leading to “significant” flooding.

Some areas in Labrador and Quebec will see up to five inches (13 cm), while New Brunswick can see up to three (eight cm).

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30-meter waves expected as storm hits Canada

The Canadian Hurricane Center has warned that waves could reach 40 feet if Hurricane Fiona makes landfall tonight.

The swell will create extremely dangerous conditions for boats and potentially lead to erosion and flooding along the coasts.

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Tropical Storm Hermine has formed

Tropical Storm Hermine has formed off the coast of Mauritania and Senegal, its eighth storm of the season.

The storm is expected to hit some islands in the coming days before weakening, but otherwise poses no major threat to the country.

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One of Canada’s worst hurricanes in recent decades was Hurricane Juan, a Category 2 storm that hit Nova Scotia in 2003, killing eight people.

Experts have warned that Fiona could match Juan’s damage, and have urged residents of Atlantic Canada to be on high alert.

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Nova Scotia Premier Calls on Residents to Prepare

Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston posted a video on Twitter asking residents to prepare for the storm, including checking weather forecasts, making sure they have enough food and securing their homes.

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On Sable Island, a wilderness area off the coast of Nova Scotia, home to animals such as wild horses and seals, park workers are preparing to take shelter from the storm, Reuters reports.

Wild Horses on Sable Island in Nova Scotia

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Gray Seals on Sable Island

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Hurricane Fiona won’t hit the continental United States directly, but the corner of Maine closest to Canada will see winds of up to 61 miles per hour (98 kilometers per hour) and possible power outages. warns the National Weather Service.

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As a result of the storm, a number of events and public services have been canceled in Atlantic Canada.

Worldwide news reports that bus and ferry services in Halifax have been shut down and flights are canceled in much of the region.

Universities close all weekend, as does a shopping mall in Halifax. The Halifax Oyster Festival and a number of youth hockey games have been postponed.

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