The storm is expected to make landfall late Friday night into Saturday morning, bringing intense winds and rains, as well as possible flooding and power outages to much of the region.
The heaviest damage will likely be felt in Nova Scotia, where the storm is hitting directly – but since the storm is so large, dangerous weather is also forecast for parts of Newfoundland, Labrador, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre has warned that this could be a “historic storm” and a “landmark weather event” as the powerful storm makes its way into the region.
A meteorologist with the agency told CNN that the storm could rival 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the northeast US.
Fiona has already become the most destructive hurricane of the year so far in the Atlantic Ocean after floods and damaging winds left millions of people without running water or electricity in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
These kinds of extreme storms are only becoming more common as the climate crisis grows and ocean temperatures rise, creating more and more powerful hurricanes that can create serious damage as they reach land.
Canada braces for Hurricane Fiona
Fiona whips up massive waves as it heads north
Residents share footage from Halifax as trees fall on roads
06:16 , Peony Hirwani
Nova Scotia residents continue to share footage of hurricane Fiona with clips showing trees falling on roads.
— StormHQ (@StormHQwx) September 24, 2022
— Christine Goudie (@ChristineGoudie) September 24, 2022
Home now …
Don’t think my windows should shaking like that 😬
1 hr ago 140,000 without power, now 236,000 and the eye is still 3-4 hours away …
It has started thundering & lightning here in #Halifax now 😱 #HurricaneFiona #NSStorm pic.twitter.com/smbI7jPujS
— JoCanada™ ✝️🍁🇨🇦🚑 (@NewellMartell) September 24, 2022
— Jason O'Young (@jasonoyoung) September 24, 2022
‘Surge is now coming in fast’: Storm hunter Mark Robinson shares latest update from Louisbourg
06:09 , Peony Hirwani
Mark Robinson says that the “waves are overtopping the docks” in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia as hurricane Fiona hits the province.
— Mark Robinson (@StormhunterTWN) September 24, 2022
— Mark Robinson (@StormhunterTWN) September 24, 2022
Storm hunter Mark Robinson shares hurricane Fiona update from the docks in Louisbourg
05:47 , Peony Hirwani
Storm hunter Mark Robinson is sharing live updates of “extreme wind and waves” caused by hurricane Fiona from the docks in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia.
“Situation is rapidly deteriorating on the docks in Louisbourg,” he says in his video. “You can see behind me that the winds are ticking up the ocean and just flinging it up and over.
“I’m tasting salt water. I’m smelling the ocean.
“As we get closer to the centre of the storm, this [place] is likely going to be underwater.”
— Mark Robinson (@StormhunterTWN) September 24, 2022
Puerto Rico is without power more than five days after Hurricane Fiona struck
05:45 , Peony Hirwani
Half of Puerto Rico is experiencing a power cut more than five days after Hurricane Fiona struck, including an entire town where not a single work crew has arrived.
Many residents of the US territory are angry and incredulous, and calls are growing for the ouster of the island’s private electricity transmission and distribution company.
They’re questioning why it is taking so long to restore power since Fiona was a Category 1 storm that did not affect the entire island, and whose rain - not wind - inflicted the greatest damage.
Thousands of Nova Scotia residents lost power amid high winds and rain as Hurricane Fiona hit the province
05:39 , Peony Hirwani
By 11.59pm yesterday, there were more than 153,000 customers without power, according to the utility company’s online outage map.
Many of those outages were because of high winds and rain, according to the map. It said the power could be back on by Saturday (24 September) for some, while others may need to wait until Wednesday (28 September).
ICYMI: Canada’s ‘Sandy’
05:04 , Graeme Massie
A meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre told CNN that Fiona could be a Canadian equivalent to Hurricane Sandy, which smashed into New York and New Jersey in 2012.
Fiona, much like Sandy, is a very large storm, spanning hundreds of miles wide. The storm is also forecast to change into a post-tropical windstorm, much like Sandy, Axios reports.
Nova Scotia residents share clips of hurricane Fiona
04:57 , Peony Hirwani
Social media users have started posting clips of hurricane Fiona from their homes in Nova Scotia.
In many clips, winds and rain can be seen gushing through the streets as the storm hits the province.
— Dylshire (@dylshire) September 24, 2022
— Notix Mundial DST (@NotixMundialDST) September 24, 2022
Hurricane fiona in nova scotia rn pic.twitter.com/cPzknkiivC
— Protector Of The Gobbos! (@GobboProtector) September 24, 2022
#HurricaneFiona slams into #NovaScotia. See the impact of the extreme winds from the front of our home. Watch for lightning. Turn on sound. Follow me for #Hurricane updates throughout the night from #Halifax pic.twitter.com/1HXu7XhRpn
— Danielito 🇨🇦🇨🇭🇯🇲 ✈️ 🚴🏿♂️ 🎶 (@roukemaMD) September 24, 2022
Storm chaser Josh Morgerman issues update about hurricane as Fiona hits Nova Scotia
04:47 , Peony Hirwani
TV personality and professional storm chaser Josh Morgerman has issued an update about hurricane Fiona as it hit Nova Scotia.
“[It’s] 12:25am in Glace Bay and not a drop of rain but the wind is ripping pretty good. It is a good stiff wind.
“You have moments where you get that crazy hurricane howl.”
— Josh Morgerman (@iCyclone) September 24, 2022
ICYMI: Trudeau urges residents to prepare
04:06 , Graeme Massie
Hurricane Fiona is expected to make landfall in Atlantic Canada and Quebec this weekend. If you are in the region, please take proper precautions and listen to local authorities. Our team is in touch with the provinces – and we’re mobilizing resources to support however needed.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 23, 2022
ICYMI: Fiona churns up massive waves in the Atlantic near Bermuda
03:03 , Graeme Massie
JetBlue flight flew directly over Hurricane Fiona
02:14 , Ethan Freedman
A flight between Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Newark, New Jersey flew over Hurricane Fiona on Monday night
01:55 , Ethan Freedman
The MacKay Bridge, which runs between Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia is closing as the province prepares for Hurricane Fiona
Due to #HurricaneFiona the #MacKayBridge will be closing at 9 p.m. on Friday Sept. 23. Stay tuned to our social media and website for further updates.@965breeze @Q104Halifax @SeasideFM @HotCountry1035 @citynewshfx @jack929hfx @FX1019 @Move100Halifax @VirginRadioHali @899TheWave pic.twitter.com/44T8VlqEyC
— HHB (@HHBridges) September 23, 2022
Mariners secure their boats before the storm
01:35 , Ethan Freedman
Hurricane season finally heats up
01:15 , Ethan Freedman
The 2022 hurricane season in the Atlantic got off to a slow start, with just three named storms forming by the end of August.
But September has brought wave after wave of activity, including Fiona, the most powerful storm of the season.
Currently, there are four tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had forecast an “above-normal” season, with up to 20 named storms.
Radar shows Fiona approaching
00:56 , Ethan Freedman
#Hurricane #Fiona is imminently approaching Canadian marine waters. Hurricane force winds extended up to 185 km from the centre.😱
Consult local forecasts and warnings for the latest information. #nsstorm
Warnings: https://t.co/IcthkJ5q1s pic.twitter.com/MHdvTEXCsD
— ECCC Weather Nova Scotia (@ECCCWeatherNS) September 23, 2022
Halifax hunkers down for the storm
00:36 , Ethan Freedman
Prime Minister Trudeau speaks on impending Hurricane Fiona
00:17 , Ethan Freedman
Hurricane-chasing drone records 50ft waves
23:57 , Ethan Freedman
An unmanned, hurricane-chasing drone has captured footage of nearly 50 feet waves at the centre of Hurricane Fiona.“Saildrone 1078” recorded the enormous waves and wind speeds over 100 mph off Bermuda on Thursday in the midst of the first Category 4 hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic season.SD 1078 is one of seven “hurricane” saildrones operating in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico this hurricane season, gathering data to better understand the physical processes of hurricanes. The aim is to improve forecasting and reduce loss of life during the extreme weather events.“Hurricane Fiona intensified from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane just before hitting Puerto Rico, causing significant damage and loss of life,” said Richard Jenkins, Saildrone founder and CEO, in a statement.“The data Saildrone vehicles are gathering will help the science community better understand rapid intensification, giving people living in our coastal communities more time to prepare.”
Likely Tropical Storm Ian
23:37 , Ethan Freedman
Tropical Depression Nine, which formed in the Caribbean this morning, is likely to become a tropical storm in the next couple of days – and a hurricane after that.
The storm is likely to bring heavy rain and winds to Cuba, Jamaica and Cayman Islands before heading up to the US.
Forecasts at this point are still far out and could change, but the National Hurricane Centre predicts that it could be a Category 3 storm by the time it reaches Florida’s Gulf Coast, which would be the first major hurricane of the year to hit the continental US.
Grocery stores see empty shelves
23:17 , Ethan Freedman
Flooding could be ‘significant'
22:57 , Ethan Freedman
The latest update from the US National Hurricane Centre warns that some areas of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland may see up to 10 inches (25 centimetres) of rain, which could create “significant” flooding.
Some areas in Labrador and Quebec will see up to five inches (13 cm), while New Brunswick will see up to three (eight cm).
40-foot waves expected as the storm hits Canada
22:37 , Ethan Freedman
The Canadian Hurricane Centre has warned that waves up to 40 feet (12 metres) could swell as Hurricane Fiona reaches land tonight.
The swells will create extremely dangerous conditions for boats, and potentially lead to erosion and flooding along the coasts.
Tropical Storm Hermine has formed
22:05 , Ethan Freedman
Tropical Storm Hermine has formed off the coast of Mauritania and Senegal, the eighth named storm of the season.
The storm is expected to hit some islands in the next few days before weakening but otherwise does not pose a major threat to land.
Another tropical depression in the Caribbean will likely be named “Ian”
Nova Scotia Premier urgest residents to prepare
21:25 , Ethan Freedman
Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston put out a video on Twitter asking residents to get ready for the storm, including monitoring weather forecasts, making sure they have enough food and securing down their homes.
— Nova Scotia Gov. (@nsgov) September 23, 2022
20:22 , Ethan Freedman
A number of events and public services have been cancelled in Atlantic Canada as a result of the storm.
Global News reports that bus and ferry service has been shut down in Halifax and flights are being cancelled in much of the region.
Universities are closing through the weekend as is a Halifax shopping mall. The Halifax Oyster Festival, along with a number of youth league hockey games, have been postponed.
Tropical Depressions pose new threat
18:52 , Ethan Freedman
While Fiona is heading north, two other tropical depressions have formed in the Atlantic and are likely to become tropical storms within the next day or so.
One is in the Caribbean and another is near Senegal. Whichever reaches tropical storm status first – meaning winds 39 miles per hour (63 kilometres per hour) or greater – will become Tropical Storm Hermine, and the other would be Tropical Storm Ian
“All preparartions should be complete by this evening"
18:20 , Ethan Freedman
An update on Hurricane Fiona from the Canadian government urged residents in affected areas to be prepared by this evening, as heavy rains and wind will start to hit soon, reaching full intensity overnight and into Saturday morning
18:02 , Ethan Freedman
Satellite imagery shows all four tropical cyclones currently brewing in the Atlantic Basin – Fiona in the northwest, Tropical Storm Gaston in the eastern Atlantic, Tropical Depression Nine in the Caribbean and Tropical Depression Ten off the coast of Senegal
This morning's view of the four active tropical cyclones across the Atlantic. pic.twitter.com/n1bIBPg5Ot
— CIRA (@CIRA_CSU) September 23, 2022
17:47 , Ethan Freedman
The storm is currently off the coast of Maryland but headed north quickly.
The storm is also very wide, and rainfall has already begun in Nova Scotia.
17:32 , Ethan Freedman
The Canadian Hurricane Centre has issued hurricane warnings for much of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland
Fiona, now a Category 4 hurricane, is projected to weaken somewhat by the time it reaches land, but will still bring dangerous weather to the Canadian Atlantic Coast
Canada prepares for ‘strongest-ever’ storm
17:28 , Ethan Freedman