Cyclone Fiona: At least five people are believed to have lost their lives in the Caribbean


After causing significant damage in Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the small Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bermuda archipelago, cyclone Fiona is heading straight for Canada and the French archipelago of Saint- Pierre and Miquelon.

 It has never been so powerful, so much so that the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the weather forecasting center dedicated to hurricanes, raised it to category 4 on Wednesday morning. This is the penultimate level of severity on the Saffir-Simpson scale, a scale for classifying the intensity of cyclones up to 5.

During her passage through the Caribbean, Fiona caused serious damage. One man lost his life in Guadeloupe and at least four others are believed to have died in the Dominican Republic. The entire island of Puerto Rico was cut off from electricity and 800.000 people were also left without drinking water.

According to specialists, the reinforcement of Fiona "was brutal and took place immediately off the coast of Guadeloupe".

Fiona is expected to hit the Atlantic and Eastern Quebec on Friday and Saturday. _AF


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