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Bermuda holds its breath ahead of Hurricane Fiona

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Faced with increasingly powerful gusts and waves, the inhabitants of this British territory took refuge in their homes at nightfall.

Fiona’s Eye is expected to pass 180km west of the archipelago around 4 a.m. Friday, according to the Bermuda Meteorological Service, and may have been downgraded to Category 3 by then.

But due to the size and strength of the hurricane, it was time for caution nonetheless. I encourage everyone to adequately prepare for this stormPrime Minister David Burt tweeted. Take care of yourself and your family.

In Hamilton, the capital, Richard Hartley affixed metal plates to the windows of his shop in the afternoon with the help of his wife. The wind will come directly from the south. This corner is very exposed to the windshe explained to AFP.

destructive waves

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), based in Miami, the storm is accompanied by winds blowing up to 215 km / h. It is heading north and must also affect the coast of Canada.

In Bermuda, a tiny archipelago of 64,000 inhabitants, Fiona must bring rain and cause a rise in water levels, with big destructive wavessaid the NHC.

The territory, located a thousand kilometers from the United States and accustomed to hurricanes, is one of the most isolated places in the world, which makes any evacuation almost impossible in the event of an emergency.

We have to live with it because we live here, said JoeAnn Scott, who works in a business in Hamilton. The inhabitants try to take it as it comes. And prayshe added.

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Along famous Horseshoe Bay Beach, some watch the choppy waves. Others take full advantage of the exceptional conditions to go hoverboarding. They are a bit crazynotes Gina Maughan, who came to stretch her legs one last time before a long night of waiting.

Due to its geographical location, the main island therefore takes preparations seriously even when it does not expect extensive damage.

A devastated street after the passage of a hurricane.

Hurricane Fiona in the Dominican Republic.

Photo: Reuters/RICARDO ROJAS

Many of the boats moored at clubs were pulled from the water this week and outdoor furniture, both in homes and restaurants, was brought inside.

In addition to storing food and candles, Bermudians filled buckets with water from their reservoirs.

As the island does not have a source of fresh water, all the buildings have reservoirs to store rainwater, connected to the houses by an electrical system.

And since power outages can occur during storms, locals often fill their bathtubs or buckets in anticipation.

Here, buildings and houses must also comply with strict construction rules to withstand storms.

Solid constructions

The builds are truly made to last, and we never see the devastation the Caribbean has experienced over the years.said Mr. Hartley’s wife, Elaine Murray.

Fiona caused the deaths of four people in Puerto Rico, a US territory, according to an official quoted by the media. One death was reported in Guadeloupe and two in the Dominican Republic.

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US President Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency in Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria five years ago.

A man walks through an outdoor area that has been flooded.

Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico

Photo: Reuters/RICARDO ARDUENGO

The United States Federal Emergency Measures Agency (FEMA) said it would send hundreds more of its staff to Puerto Rico, which has suffered massive power cuts, landslides and flooding.

It breaks my heartreacted Thursday the leader of the American House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

In the Dominican Republic, President Luis Abinader has declared a state of natural disaster in three eastern provinces.

Eastern Canada in Fiona’s sights

Trajectory weather map.

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According to the most recent forecast, Storm Fiona will hit the Atlantic region on Saturday morning.

Photo: Environment Canada

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, the hurricane, which is expected to decrease in intensity as it progresses towards the cold waters of the North Atlantic, will still be a powerful post-tropical storm when it reaches the coasts of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland on Saturday or Sunday, depending on the region, with winds of 100 to 175 km/h and heavy rain.

Large waves and storm surges are also to be expected, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada, which points to the possibility of flooding in the eastern coastal regions of the country.

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