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Hurricane Fiona: Nova Scotians prepare to retreat

It’s the literal calm before the storm in Nova Scotia and residents are stocking up on essentials as Hurricane Fiona heads into the province.

Fiona is expected to make landfall in Nova Scotia as a post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds early Saturday morning. For Terry Drohan, a resident of Sydney, Nova Scotia, his home is on Cape Breton Island, where the center of the storm is expected to strike.

“I think we’re, you know, extremely anxious and filled with apprehension and worry about what the future is going to bring for us here,” he told CTV’s Your Morning on Friday.

Drohan said he got a second sump pump to make sure his basement didn’t flood and he had extra gas for his generator, as widespread power outages across the province are expected.

“Flood preparation is something I do on an annual basis, but I think this storm is causing the whole area concern with the high winds and the older trees – very tall trees – that are around,” he said. he declares.

Environment Canada has issued tropical storm or hurricane warnings for all of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, as well as much of Newfoundland, New Brunswick and parts of eastern Quebec. On Cape Breton Island, the agency predicts precipitation of more than 200 millimeters as well as hurricane-force winds of up to 160 km/h.

“It’s inevitable that our part of town will be flooded,” Drohan said. “It’s guaranteed that we’re going to have, you know, devastating flooding in the heart of the city. But like I said, the added concern with this particular storm is the high winds and in the downtown core of our city. “

This isn’t the first time Drohan has had to deal with a mega storm. Seven years ago, her home was flooded after heavy rains and high winds hit Cape Breton in the 2016 Thanksgiving storm. The community of Drohan was again hit by a another major flood last November.

“There’s not much you can do with Mother Nature. I mean, you know, you prepare for it. But you know, it’s always been proven that Mother Nature can twist and morph things,” did he declare. “It’s become a bit of an annual event that you just have to prepare for and keep your fingers crossed and hope things turn out well.”

But not all Nova Scotians have a home to take shelter in and ride out the storm, and advocates are worried about the province’s most vulnerable residents.

“If someone has to evacuate a house because it’s unsafe, we also have to help the homeless,” Vicky Levack of the PADS Community Advocacy Network told CTV’s Your Morning on Friday.

In Halifax, Mayor Mike Savage told reporters at a press conference that in addition to emergency evacuation shelters for the general public, there will also be two shelters specifically for the homeless with food available. But Levack fears that may not be enough, given that the province is home to around 1,000 people without homes.

“You have to guarantee that when you promise things, when you say there will be food, when you say there will be dry clothes, when you say there will be beds, you have to make sure that those things are actually there and there’s enough for everyone,” she said.

“With this storm, because it’s severe, I think (the city) is doing what it thinks its best, but we’re afraid that’s not enough.”

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