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Storms like Fiona could be common in Canada: meteorologist

Hurricane Fiona was “the most intense Canadian hurricane” according to meteorologist and storm chaser Mark Robinson.

Robinson chased 24 Hurricanes in his career, with Fiona being his latest. Speaking to CTV News Channel from Halifax, Nova Scotia, he explained what the storm looked like from the ground.

“Some of the winds we had were probably around 100 to 150 kilometers per hour,” Robinson said. “Extensive damage to the town of Louisbourg, NS…The amount of force blown across the region was one of the most impressive parts of the storm, just to see the magnitude of the damage throughout Nova Scotia.”

This storm reminded Robinson of a hurricane in the United States due to the length of its stay. According to him, most Canadian hurricanes move quickly, but not Fiona.

“This one hit and stuck for a really long time,” he said. “Causing these winds and this surge, doing so much damage all over the Maritimes. It’s so sad to see.

As climate change persists, Robinson believes Canada will see bigger storms like Fiona.

“We could see stronger storms in the future, and that’s something that unfortunately could become more common,” he said.

The Canadian Armed Forces were deployed to help Atlantic Canada recover from the storm. Fiona has left thousands of people without power and forced municipalities to declare local states of emergency.

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