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Environment Canada made the official announcement early Friday: Hurricane Fiona will almost certainly hit Prince Edward Island as a storm with Category 1 winds and heavy rain.

The meteorological agency has issued hurricane warnings for all three counties in the province, as well as warnings for rain, wind and storm surge.

It will mean:

  • Hurricane-force winds of 100 km/h with gusts up to 140 km/h in open areas, even higher on the coast with gusts of 160 km/h.
  • Storm surge from 1.8 to 2.4 meters and dangerous waves from 11 to 15 meters high.
  • “Heavy and torrential” precipitation totals between 50 and 100 mm, with some places possibly as much as 150 mm.

Environment Canada reports that Kings County in the east is likely to experience the most rainfall, with strong winds in Queens and Kings counties. .

“Precipitation exceeds 25 mm per hour starting tonight and will continue until Saturday,” the agency said.

Winds in eastern Cape Breton and southwestern Newfoundland to the east of the eye are likely to receive gusts close to Category 2 hurricane levels, which are 160 km/h.

“Over PEI and parts of northern Nova Scotia, the wind will be much colder and from the northwest, with gusts up to 140 or 150 km/h.”

Environment Canada has explicitly stated potential impacts.

“These winds can cause significant tree fall and prolonged utility outages. Possible damage to building cladding and roofing material, including structural damage in some cases. Winds this strong can shatter windows and tear off large overhead road signs.”

The warning also states that Fiona “will cause damage to the docks and breakwaters. Significant shoreline erosion and large waves are expected where winds blow ashore.”

People who must go outside during a hurricane are being warned to pay attention to windblown debris and downed power lines, among other things.

“Stay away from shore – the combination of high tide and large waves can lead to dangerous currents and the risk of being swept out to sea,” Environment Canada said in a statement.

The influence of travel

Out of Fiona, the Confederation Bridge is warning of travel restrictions starting around 9 p.m. today and lasting until early Sunday morning.

Northumberland Ferries has canceled Friday night ferry services between Wood Islands, PEI, and Caribou, New Carolina, as well as all services on Saturday.

For now, Air Canada has canceled one of its Friday flights to Charlottetown, AC1570 from Montreal, normally expected at 11:30 pm.

For more information on what disruptions are being declared due to the storm, click here: Hurricane Fiona: What’s Open and Closed on PEI