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Atlantic Canada braces for Hurricane Fiona

Hurricane Fiona could reach the region Friday

The port of Halifax. (Photo: Shutterstock/meunierd)

The ports of Halifax and Saint John are in the path of Hurricane Fiona, which could reach Atlantic Canada Friday evening.

Fiona is traveling northward off the East Coast in the Atlantic Ocean after knocking power out in Puerto Rico on Tuesday. The storm has grown to a Category 4 hurricane, with wind speeds as high as 130 mph close to its eye, according to The Washington Post.

“Fiona is expected to affect portions of Atlantic Canada as a powerful hurricane-force cyclone late Friday and Saturday, and could produce significant impacts from high winds, storm surge, and heavy rainfall,” said a Thursday notice from the National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Port of Halifax said pilot and terminal operations could be affected on Friday and Saturday. The port recommended website visitors go to Environment Canada’s website for the most up-to-date forecast.

Port Saint John spokesperson Jane Burchill told FreightWaves, “We are monitoring hurricane Fiona and operational updates will be issued should they be required.”

Halifax is in Nova Scotia, while Saint John is in New Brunswick.

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Joanna Marsh

Joanna is a Washington, DC-based writer covering the freight railroad industry. She has worked for Argus Media as a contributing reporter for Argus Rail Business and as a market reporter for Argus Coal Daily.