Hurricane Fiona swept into Canada on Friday with the province of Nova Scotia on high alert after the storm swept past Bermuda, leaving much of the population without power but causing little damage.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Fiona was tackling sustained winds of nearly 125 miles (205 kilometers) per hour and “expected to be a powerful hurricane-force cyclone” when it makes landfall overnight on Saturday.
“It’s a big hurricane… All that momentum is trapped in the storm, so it’s very hard to really stop something like that.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the storm “a bad storm” and added that “it could have major repercussions across the region.”
“Hopefully it will slow down as it gets into the cooler water, but it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen,” Dave Buis of the Northern Yacht Club in North Sydney, Novia Scotia, told Canadian Television.
Bermuda had previously urged residents to stay indoors as high winds swept across British territory, but no deaths or major damage were reported as Fiona passed about 100 miles west of the island.
The Royal Bermuda Regiment said it was waiting for the wind to die down before clearing the roads. Residents posted images of failed power lines and some flooding on social media.
Shopkeepers had windows covered with metal and wood sheets.
Bermuda, whose economy is fueled by international finance and tourism, is prosperous compared to most Caribbean countries, and structures must be built to strict planning codes to withstand storms. Some have been doing that for centuries.
President Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency in Puerto Rico, a US territory that five years ago is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria.