Hurricane Fiona moved toward Bermuda on Thursday after leaving a devastating path of destruction in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, officials said.
The northbound Category 4 storm was expected to strike obliquely across the western edge of Bermuda on Thursday night or Friday morning.
The British territory was expected to receive between 2 and 4 inches of rain and wind gusts of up to 75 mph. The heaviest rainfall in Bermuda is expected to fall between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m.
“As Hurricane Fiona approaches as a Category 4 on Friday, I encourage everyone to properly prepare for this storm,” Bermuda Premier David Burt said. said in a statement on Thursday. “Let’s all remember to check in and take care of your seniors, family and neighbors. Stay safe.”
After passing Bermuda, Fiona will target the Atlantic edges of Canada and will likely make landfall near eastern Nova Scotia on Saturday morning.
Fiona could weaken to a Category 2 storm or extratropical cyclone, but there is still a threat of significant damage in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
The system could reach Quebec and southeastern Labrador by early Sunday. Rainfall in Atlantic Canada will range from 3 to 10 inches, raising the threat of flooding.
“It’s going to be a very big storm when it makes landfall,” said Bob Robichaud, Environment Canada’s emergency preparedness meteorologist. “This is going to cover a pretty large area.”
The damage Fiona has already done could take weeks, months, or even years to repair.
At least 8,708 homes in the Dominican Republic have been damaged or destroyed, while some 210,433 people live without electricity and at least 725,246 do not have water service, according to the Emergency Operations Center.
Much of Puerto Rico was still without power Thursday as temperatures approached 100 degrees, prompting an excessive heat warning.
Without electricity and topped trees on the roads, reaching even the stormiest areas.damaged areas of the island remained a challenge.
President Joe Biden said Thursday that he is committed to “100% federal funding for debris removal, search and rescue, water and power restoration, shelter and food for the entire month” in Puerto Rico.
“We will stand with the people of Puerto Rico … until this is over, until we recover,” Biden told reporters in New York City after a meeting with the governor. Kathy Hochul, Mayor Eric Adams, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and, via videoconference, the Governor of Puerto Rico. Peter Pierluisi.
The Associated Press contributed.