The Atlantic provinces could be hit hard this weekend by Fiona, which is currently a Category 3 hurricane.
While it’s too early to say how severe the storm will be when it gets here, CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland said now is the time to prepare.
“It’s far too early to predict possible rainfall, wave height or peak winds,” he said. “These effects will be highly dependent on the track.
“That said, with this storm potentially arriving like a hurricane, [Prince Edward] Islanders should be prepared for a prolonged period of heavy rainfall and tropical storm winds.”
Scotland suggests securing loose items, clearing down drains and storing essential items.
As it stands, the eye of the hurricane will enter Canadian waters Saturday morning AT and pass around the eastern tip of Cape Breton around noon.
The US-based National Hurricane Center shows a fairly high probability that the Maritimes will experience tropical storm winds of 63 km/h or higher, “and this does not take into account potentially stronger gusts,” Scotland said.
“With trees still in full leaf, [we] must also be prepared for power outages. Finally, both coastal and inland flooding is possible due to heavy rainfall, elevated water levels and crashing surf.”
The powerful hurricane has already wreaked havoc in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.