Hurricane Fiona continues its march north up the Atlantic Ocean, and the Canadian ports of Halifax and St. John are preparing for its arrival.
“We are actively monitoring the forecast related to Hurricane Fiona and communicating with our partners. Our port community is well equipped to make prompt decisions that will prioritize the health and safety of our waterfront workers and visitors,” Port St. John spokeswoman Jane Burchill told FreightWaves. Port Saint John is in New Brunswick.
Cruise schedules will continue to change with cancellations and additions, she said.
The Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, said Friday morning that vessel traffic will be suspended beginning at 3 p.m. local time Friday and will resume when weather conditions permit. The port said it could affect pilots and terminals on Friday and Saturday and recommended checking Environment Canada website for the most current forecast.
Halifax is currently under a hurricane wind warning, with winds north of 28 mph tonight before reaching more than 75 mph near midnight, according to Environment Canada.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s National Hurricane Center said strong tropical storm-force winds could achieve Atlantic Canada at approximately 8pm on Friday.
“Fiona is expected to affect parts of Atlantic Canada as a hurricane-force cyclone tonight and Saturday, with significant impacts from strong winds, storm surge and heavy rainfall expected. Hurricane and tropical storm warnings are in effect for most of Atlantic Canada,” the National Hurricane Center said. said Friday morning.
The National Hurricane Center added that the forecast includes strong waves caused by Fiona, which are expected to cause life-threatening surface conditions and disrupt current conditions.