Bermuda prepares for the impact of the hurricane fiona, strengthened to category 4 with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 km / h), which could cause dangerous maritime conditions and heavy rains. Fiona, who has already left a dozen dead in her path through Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, is expected to arrive in Bermuda on Thursday night and continue until Friday, Bermudian National Security Minister Michael Weeks said on Wednesday. at a press conference.
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The National Hurricane Center (NHCin English) in Miami (Florida, United States) issued a hurricane warning and a tropical storm warning in Bermuda.
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At the press conference, Weeks said that the Government of Bermuda is taking Fiona’s threat “very seriously” given the possibility of fatalities when the hurricane reaches the Atlantic territory.
Faced with the impact of cyclonebrigades from the capital city of Hamilton have prepared by cutting tree branches, removing furniture from roads, among other objects that could cause flooding.
The government of Bermuda He also informed that his dependencies and public schools will close this Thursday at 5:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. GMT), to allow officials and students to have time to prepare for the arrival of the hurricane.
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In addition, LF Wade International Airport remains open and some flights continue on the schedule until Thursday at 8:00 p.m. (00:00 GMT).
The authorities also urged citizens residing in low-lying areas to move to higher areas. to the possibility of flooding, and indicated that the shelters will be open for those who need them.
On the forecast track, the center of Fiona will continue to move away from the Turks and Caicos Islands today, approaching Bermuda late Thursday and will approach Atlantic Canada late Friday, the NHC detailed.
Bermudaa British Overseas Territory made up of 138 islands and islets, has a long track record with hurricanes, being one of the deadliest Fabián and Gonzalo in the years 2003 and 2014, which left millions in losses.
For its part, the US Department of State announced on Wednesday that it has authorized the departure of the relatives of the staff of its consulate general and other US government institutions in Bermuda due to the threat of Hurricane Fiona.
In a statement, the US Foreign Ministry asked Americans to reconsider traveling to that country “due to the potential impact of the hurricane fiona” and advised his nationals in Bermuda that if they want to leave, they should do so “now”.