Environment Canada says Hurricane Fiona is continuing north and is expected to affect Nova Scotia late Friday and early Saturday morning.

Fiona is currently located just 2,000 km south-southwest of Sable Island with sustained winds of 213 km/h.

The Category 4 storm is currently moving north-northeast at a speed of 24 kmph.

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Hurricane Fiona will hit Atlantic Canada on Saturday night.

Environment Canada

The cyclone is expected to turn northeast on Thursday and then intensify.

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Hurricane Fiona is developing into a ‘potentially severe event’ for Atlantic Canada.

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“This storm is becoming a severe event for Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec,” read a 9 a.m. update from Environment Canada.

“Most areas will experience some gusty winds.”

Fiona is expected to reach Sable Island on Friday night as it undergoes an extra-tropical transition.

It is then forecast to make landfall on eastern mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island on Saturday morning. The storm will reach the northern coast of lower Quebec and southeastern Labrador by Sunday morning.

Fiona is expected to bring widespread rainfall of between 100 and 200 mm, although this could be higher in areas closer to the hurricane’s track.

“Strong winds and rain will have major impacts over eastern Prince Edward Island, eastern Nova Scotia, western Newfoundland, eastern Quebec and southeastern Labrador,” the weather agency said.

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Winds will affect the region by late Friday and continue into Saturday.

According to Environment Canada, “Similar storms of this nature have caused structural damage to buildings.”

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Big waves are also expected in coastal areas. Waves could exceed 10 meters in eastern Nova Scotia Friday night and similar waves are expected to reach Newfoundland by Saturday morning. Eastern parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence can see waves in excess of 12 meters.

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Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians are being urged to prepare as the province awaits Fiona’s arrival.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Jason Mayo, director of Nova Scotia’s emergency management office’s incident management division, had a simple message: Be prepared.

“I can’t stress it enough … prepare today, continue to prepare tomorrow for a very intense event Friday evening into Saturday,” he said Wednesday.

The Canadian Hurricane Center in Nova Scotia is holding a media availability in Dartmouth at 1 p.m. The event will be streamed live on this page.

– More to come.

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