Rare hurricane warnings issued in Canada as Fiona nears

FAN Editor

Fiona, now a Category 3 hurricane, is taking aim at Canada, where residents are bracing for what could be one of the nation’s strongest storms ever.

Fiona is forecast to make landfall in Nova Scotia Saturday morning, bringing strong, gusty winds to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and New Brunswick.

Rare hurricane warnings and tropical storm warnings are in effect. Fiona is forecast to become the strongest storm, in terms of pressure, to hit Canada.

PHOTO: Hurricane Fiona advances towards Canada's Maritimes provinces in a composite image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) GOES-East weather satellite, Sept.23, 2022.

Hurricane Fiona advances towards Canada’s Maritimes provinces in a composite image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) GOES-East weather satellite, Sept.23, 2022. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

NOAA Handout via Reuters

Fiona is expected to bring high winds, dangerous storm surge, up to 10 inches of rain, flooding and large, destructive waves.

Power outages and widespread damage are possible.

The biggest impact in the United States will be high winds gusting up to 55 mph in Maine on Saturday and an increased threat of rip currents, with 10-feet waves, along the East Coast.

This comes after Fiona barreled through Bermuda Friday morning.

About 70% of Bermuda woke up without power, according to the local power company.

Conditions on the island improved by the afternoon.

PHOTO: Increasing wind pushes waves towards the south shore before the arrival of Hurricane Fiona in Bermuda, Sept. 22, 2022.

Increasing wind pushes waves towards the south shore before the arrival of Hurricane Fiona in Bermuda, Sept. 22, 2022.

Nicola Muirhead/Reuters

ABC News’ Melissa Griffin, Chris Donato, Riley Winch and Max Golembo contributed to this report.

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