Terrifying moment Saildrone nearly CAPSIZES as it captures huge swells off the coast of Bermuda: Island braces for 50ft waves and 135mph winds as Hurricane Fiona looms closer on its way to Canada

  • Frightening video shows huge waves washing over Bermuda as Hurricane Fiona begins to batter the island nation on its way to Canada, just days after devastating Puerto Rico
  • Video taken by a Saildrone shows the camera struggling to stay afloat as waves rocked back and forth
  • Bermuda is being pounded with winds of up to 135 mph and 50 feet tidal swells
  • It is expected to reach northeastern Canada by Saturday, where it can dump between four to eight inches of rain on¬†Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland
  • The Category 4 storm has already killed five people ‚ÄĒ two in Puerto Rico, two in the Dominican Republic and one in the French island of Guadeloupe

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A frightening video shows huge waves washing over Bermuda as Hurricane Fiona begins to batter the island on its way to Canada - just days after devastating Puerto Rico.

The video, taken by a Saildrone, shows the camera struggling to stay afloat as waves rocked back and forth, with a force strong enough to make any one seasick.

It comes as Fiona, a Category 4 storm, pounded Bermuda with winds up to 135 mph and 50 feet tidal swells after already killing five people‚ÄĒ¬†two in Puerto Rico, two in the Dominican Republic and one in the French island of Guadeloupe before making its way to Bermuda, where residents are preparing for the worst.¬†

They were seen Thursday boarding up windows and stocking up on groceries and flashlights as authorities opened up shelters and closed schools. 

Terrifying video shows huge waves washing over Bermuda as Hurricane Fiona begins to batter the island on its way to Canada

A photo provided by the US Air Fore shows the power of the winds over the Caribbean island on Thursday as Fiona approached

As of Thursday afternoon, Fiona had maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour and was about 410 miles southwest of Bermuda according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

A hurricane warning remained in effect for all of Bermuda, home to more than 60,000 people, and the eye of the storm is expected to pass just west of Bermuda on Thursday night

 As of Thursday afternoon, Fiona had maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour and was about 410 miles southwest of Bermuda and moving north-northeast at 13 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. 

A hurricane warning remained in effect for all of Bermuda, home to more than 60,000 people, and the eye of the storm is expected to pass just west of Bermuda on Thursday night, the center said.

Officials  have now issued a travel warning, and warned U.S. residents that wish to leave the island to do so immediately before Fiona's grand arrival, according to the Bermuda Travel Advisory. 

Premier David Burt even sent a tweet urging residents to 'take care of yourself and your family. Let's all remember to check on as well as look out for your seniors, family and neighbors.'

Hurricane Fiona, a Category 4 storm, is heading moving north-northeast into Canada at 13 mph

The projected path of Hurricane Fiona: The storm is estimated to hit Bermuda by Friday morning and Nova Scotia by Saturday


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Bermuda's incoming storm is expected to bring heavy rain and flash flooding, along with 'pounding surf,' according to The Weather Channel. 

As the storm approaches Bermuda, some residents have fled the island while others are sticking out the horrendous storm. 

'Get yourself some batteries and water and couple cans of stuff,' one resident told Fox Weather. 'If the generator's running, now you should be okay.'

'We're lucky in that we have water for our home use is under our house in a tank,' another resident said. 'So as long as you have a bucket and a rope and you can dip your tank to use it for your household needs, you're all set to go.' 

Others said that many residents have prepared their gas stoves or barbecues.   

'We're always ready,' she said. 

A man in Hamilton, Bermuda was seen boarding up a business as the threat of Hurricane Fiona lingers. The storm is currently a Category 4 threat and is swiftly moving towards Bermuda with winds up to 135mph 

Scott Barnes, a fisherman, was preparing his boats by placing one off a cove with multiple anchors and sheltering two others. Pictured: a man preparing for Hurricane Fiona 

A woman was seen in Hamilton, Bermuda walking into a boarded up clothing store amid the threat of Fiona

The Canadian Hurricane Centre, meanwhile, issued a hurricane watch over extensive coastal expanses of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. The U.S. National Hurricane Center also said Fiona should reach the area as a 'large and powerful post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds.'

'It's going to be a storm that everyone remembers when it is all said and done,' said Bob Robichaud, warning preparedness meteorologist for the Canadian Hurricane Centre.

The storm is expected to reach northeastern Canada by Saturday and has been dubbed, 'One of Canada's Strongest Storms,' according to The Weather Channel. Rainfall is expected on Friday in Canada as the storm goes north. 

Price Edward Island, central and western Nova Scotia and parts of western Newfoundland have received hurricane watch advisories. Those areas have also been advised to 'expect prolonged power outages, numerous downed trees, structural damage, washed out roads and significant coastal erosion. 

The storm's effects are also anticipated to reach eastern Maine and New Brunswick, Quebec and Labrador.

Locals watched on Thursday as increasing winds pushed waves towards the south shore of Bermuda ahead of the hurricane

Hurricanes in Canada are somewhat rare, in part because once the storms reach colder waters, they lose their main source of energy. and become extratropical. But those cyclones still can have hurricane-strength winds, though with a cold instead of a warm core and no visible eye. 

Their shape can be different, too. They lose their symmetric form and can more resemble a comma.

Robichaud said at a news conference that modelling projected 'all-time' low pressure across the region, which would bring storm surges and rainfall of between four to eight inches.

Amanda McDougall, mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality, said officials were preparing a shelter for people to enter before the storm arrived.

'We have been through these types of events before, but my fear is, not to this extent,' she said. 'The impacts are going to be large, real and immediate.'

Dave Pickles, chief operating officer of Nova Scotia Power, said it expected widespread power outages.

The hurricane has already destroyed the Dominican Republic, where Yesenia Martinez, and Dilicia Figaro are pictured picking up items scattered by the storm

In the Dominican Republic, more than a million people are without running water while just under 350,000 homes and businesses were without power

Hurricane Fiona tore across Puerto Rico while tearing bridges and lifting ocean water onto land

An estimated five people have died as a result of the storm passing through Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands

Before reaching Bermuda, Fiona caused severe flooding and devastation in Puerto Rico, leading U.S. President Joe Biden to say Thursday that the full force of the federal government is ready to help the U.S. territory recover.

Speaking at a briefing with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials in New York, Biden said, 'We're all in this together.'

The president noted that hundreds of FEMA and other federal officials are already on the ground in Puerto Rico, where Fiona caused an island-wide blackout.

As of Thursday, more than one million homes and businesses were still without power, and more than 450,000 people remained without water service. 

Fortunately, the pace to restore power to homes is faster than efforts performed after Hurricane Maria hit in 2017 when all 1.5 million homes were without power for a week.

The now-bankrupt Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority took 11 months to restore power to all customers. LUMA Energy, which now presides over the island's power, said 'full restoration could take several days.' 

In the Dominican Republic, meanwhile, more than a million people are without running water while just under 350,000 homes and businesses were without power as of Wednesday.

Maj. Gen. Juan Méndez García, director of the DR's emergency operations center, told CNN that more than 600 homes had been destroyed while some communities are without access to aid.

Fiona has already caused severe flooding and devastation in Puerto Rico earlier in the week. A man is seen here walking through a flooded street on Sunday

As of Thursday, more than one million homes and businesses were still without power, and more than 450,000 people remained without water service

An apparently angry woman is seen wading through a flooded street in Nagua, Dominican Republic

Neighbors in the Dominican Republic worked to recover their belongings after widespread flooding from the hurricane

A man in Wheelchair looks at a flooded road after the passage of hurricane Fiona in Salinas, Puerto Rico, on September 19

President Joe Biden announced Wednesday the approval of a major disaster declaration for the territory which will allow Puerto Ricans access to grants for temporary housing and home repairs in addition to low-interest loans to cover property losses.

'This ensures that our people will have access to additional help from FEMA to recover from the damage caused by this event,' Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi tweeted.

Complementing the president's efforts, New York City Mayor Eric Adams has deployed staff from city agencies to help Puerto Rican officials survey the damage.

'The team will include representatives from New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM), New York City Department of Buildings, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and the New York City Department of Design and Construction,' according to a news release from the mayor's office.

A satellite image shows how badly homes were flooded on Salinas Beach in Puerto Rico following the storm

Residents are seen here working to recover belongings from flooding caused by Hurricane Fiona in the Los Sotos neighborhood of Higuey, Dominican Republic on Tuesday

Children are pictured sitting on inflatable toys in the middle of the flooded streets as their families looked for the rest of their belongings

A man collects donated water bottles for drinking after Hurricane Fiona damaged water supplies in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

Meanwhile, hundreds of people in Puerto Rico remained isolated by blocked roads five days after the hurricane ripped into the island. Frustration was mounting for people like Nancy Galarza, who tried to signal for help from work crews she spotted in the distance.

'Everyone goes over there,' she said pointing toward crews at the bottom of the mountain who were helping others also cut off by the storm. 'No one comes here to see us. I am worried for all the elderly people in this community.'

At least five landslides covered the narrow road to her community in the steep mountains around the northern town of Caguas. The only way to reach the settlement was to climb over thick mounds of mud, rock and debris left by Fiona, whose floodwaters shook the foundations of nearby homes with earthquake-like force.

At least eight of the 11 communities in Caguas were completely isolated, said Luis Gonz√°lez, municipal inspector of recovery and reconstruction.

It was one of at least six municipalities where crews had yet to reach some areas. People there often depend on help from neighbors, as they did following Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm in 2017 that killed nearly 3,000 people.

Danciel Rivera arrived in rural Caguas with a church group and tried to bring a little cheer by dressing as a clown.

'That¬īs very important in these moments,' he said, noting that people had never fully recovered from Hurricane Maria. 'A lot of PTSD has reared its head these days.'

His huge clown shoes squelched through the mud as he greeted people, whose faces lit up as they smiled at him.

 It is estimated that Fiona dropped up to 30 inches of rain in some parts of Puerto Rico as more than 1,000 people are in shelters.

Members of the Puerto Rico National Guard rescue a woman stranded in her house in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona in Salinas, Puerto Rico

Residents affected by Hurricane Fiona are pictured resting in a storm shelter after the hurricane killed two on Puerto Rico

Members of the Puerto Rico National Guard distribute water in an affected community in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona in Ponce, Puerto Rico

Two deaths were recorded in the US territory as a result of the blackout, including one 70-year-old man who burned to death after filling his generator with gasoline as it was running and a 78-year-old man who inhaled toxic gases emitted from his own generator.

'The damages that we are seeing are catastrophic,' Pierluisi said. 'What we don't want is loss of life.'

President Joe Biden issued a message Monday to Puerto Rico: 'We stand with you and we will get through this together.'

Brown water rushed through streets, into homes, and even consumed an airport runway in southern Puerto Rico.

Roads were turned into raging torrents as Fiona also ripped up asphalt from roads and washed away a bridge in the central mountain town of Utuado that police say was installed by the National Guard after Hurricane Maria.

The storm also ripped off the roofs of several homes, including that of Nelson Cirino in the northern coastal town of Loiza.

'I was sleeping and saw when the corrugated metal flew off,' he said as he observed how the rain drenched his belonging.

Ada Vivian Rom√°n, a 21-year-old photography student, said the storm knocked down trees and fences in her hometown of Toa Alta.

'I'm actually very anxious because it's a really slow-moving hurricane,' she said.

She said she is also worried about whether the public transportation she relies on to get to her job at a public relations agency will be operating by the time she has to go back to the office.

But in the Turks and Caicos, officials have reported minimal damage and no deaths, despite the eye of the storm passing near Grand Turk, the British territory's capital island.

'God has been good to us and has kept us safe during this period when we could have had a far worse outcome,' Deputy Gov. Anya Williams said.

As government officials have started visiting islands to make repairs, many areas across the territory are still without power as of Wednesday including Grand Turk, South Caicos, Salt Cay, North Caicos, and Middle Caicos.

A second storm passing behind Hurricane Fiona has now been upgraded to Tropical Storm Gaston as of Tuesday. A Puerto Rico National Guard truck is seen driving through a flooded street on September 19 looking for people to rescue

Meteorologists expect a tropical wave, which began to form Wednesday, 'is the most significant threat for the US mainland we've had this hurricane season.' A member of the Puerto Rico National Guard is seen wading through the flooded streets

Meanwhile, a second storm passing behind Hurricane Fiona has now been upgraded to Tropical Storm Gaston as of Tuesday, according to AccuWeather.com.

Gaston is not expected to be a threat to the Caribbean or to North America.

Meteorologists expect a tropical wave, which began to form Wednesday, 'is the most significant threat for the US mainland we've had this hurricane season.'

The tropical rainstorm has been designated Invest 98L by the National Hurricane Center and is located near the northcentral coast of South America.

'If the main brunt of the tropical rainstorm is able to avoid drifting over South America, it can evolve into a full-fledged tropical storm anytime through Friday while over the eastern Caribbean,' meteorologist Paul Pastelok said.

Should the storm continue to develop, the rainstorm would grow into a Category 3 hurricane that will pass toward the center of the Gulf of Mexico, AccuWeather predicts.

'At this early stage, U.S. interests from Miami to New Orleans should closely watch the evolution of this system,' Pastelok said.

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