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Fiona slams Canada’s Atlantic coast with hurricane-force winds and heavy rain

Fiona’s sustained winds dropped slightly to 80 mph, still equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.

The center warns that “significant impacts of high winds, storm surges and heavy rain are still expected” from the storm, now considered a post-tropical cyclone.

Fiona is currently in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, approximately 160 km west-northwest of Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland, and heading north toward Quebec and Newfoundland. and Labrador. The highest wind gust recorded for Fiona so far is 111 mph (179 km/h) in Arisaig, Nova Scotia.

“Fiona continues to produce hurricane-force winds, heavy rain, storm surges and challenging sea conditions throughout Atlantic Canada and surrounding waters,” the hurricane center said. “Surface observations suggest that the minimum pressure has increased and is not estimated at around 945 mb, which is still extraordinarily low.”

Remember: In general, the lower the central pressure, the stronger the storm.

Fiona’s forward speed slowed to 25 mph, which is below average for this region; traditionally, a storm at this latitude has a forward speed of around 32 mph. The hurricane center also warns that large swells generated by Fiona are expected to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions along the northeast coast of the northeastern United States, from Bermuda and Atlantic Canada to course of the next few days.

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