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Fiona becomes ‘most intense storm on record’ to slam into Atlantic Canada


The Atlantic Canada coast was slammed with life-threatening flooding and hurricane-force wind gusts into Saturday morning as Fiona has the chance to be a “potential landmark weather event” for the country.
AccuWeather Hurricane Center – September 24, 2022 – After menacing Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos and other parts of the Caribbean, Fiona collided with Atlantic Canada, becoming one of the strongest storms on record to impact the easternmost portions of Canada, according to AccuWeather forecasters and weather data from the region.
On Friday, Fiona began bombarding Prince Edward Island, eastern Nova Scotia, western Newfoundland and southeastern Labrador with life-threatening flooding, damaging hurricane-force wind gusts and dangerous storm surges. One dispatcher stated that the conditions facing Prince Edward Island were "like nothing we've ever seen," with reports made of downed trees and wires across the area.
Chaos continued Saturday morning in southwestern Newfoundland, with at least one building washed away due to the storm in Port aux Basques, and several others being damaged by tides approaching residences in the area. Some residents fled parts of the community impacted by flooding, and roads washing out cut off the town completely from certain sectors. All low lying and waterfront streets were under mandatory evacuation as of 8 a.m. Saturday in Port aux Basques, as issued by the local fire department.
In an interview Saturday morning with CBC Radio One, Port aux Basques town manager Leon MacIsaac stated that he had previously warned locals about Fiona's potential impacts to the community.
People should remember to check the AccuWeather Hurricane Tracker in their  AccuWeather app or to follow start and end times for storms, understand vital forecasted impact details for their location such as peak winds, total rainfall, rainfall amount probability graphs, hourly wind and rainfall charts and impact maps of storms as they develop. If the immediate location in view will not be threatened by a hurricane, a list of impacted cities will be made available to raise awareness of what locations are at risk.
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