What to expect in NB with Hurricane Fiona on the way

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When Hurricane Fiona hitting the region tomorrowthe worst of the storm is expected to hit southeastern New Brunswick.

Bill Hogan, Minister of Public Safety, spoke to reporters today with the Emergency Management Agency and identified coastal areas, particularly around Cap-Pelé.

“We could expect there to be some injuries,” Hogan said. “How much damage there is, it’s not possible to say right now because we don’t know how strong the wind will be.

Some boats are being removed from the water at Shediac Marina. (Pierre Fournier/CBC)

“We don’t know if it will dissipate a little bit more before it makes landfall.”

Hogan said his biggest concern is making sure people take the storm seriously and “batt the hatches.”

He said the storm should not be taken lightly, but he believes New Brunswick will fare better than Cape Breton and some parts of Prince Edward Island.

Hogan also reminded residents to be prepared.

“We’re there to help communities, to help the people, but they also have to be responsible for themselves,” Hogan said.

The emergency response agency is monitoring the situation from the Canadian Hurricane Centre, he said, and is prepared to increase efforts as needed, especially if the storm track changes.

Roger Caissie, mayor of Shediac, said he spoke with EMO officials earlier Thursday.

Caissie said they are doing everything they would normally do in a normal storm. In the event of power outages, the generator works in the city’s multicenter, and that space will be used for heating if needed.

With the storm set to hit Friday into Saturday, it will coincide with a period of high tide, which could cause some problems for low-lying areas along the coast, according to Shediac Mayor Caissie. (Pierre Fournier/CBC)

The city’s infrastructure, storm sewers, canals and ditches are being checked to make sure nothing is blocked, Caissie said. The staff will be on call and the firefighters on standby.

And a lot of boats are being removed from the water, Caissie said.

“We’re taking no chances in that regard,” he said.

For the boats that can’t be moved, Caissie said the Shediac Bay Yacht Club has been renovated to provide more stability, hopefully causing less impact to those left in the water.

Gerry O’Brien, manager of the yacht club, said they have been sending out information bulletins to members since the beginning of the week.

He said that while there is no mandatory evacuation order for the boats, many people chose to remove them as a precaution. The club went from having close to 90 boats in the water at the start of the week to less than 20 now, he said.

Gerry O’Brien, manager of the Shediac Bay Yacht Club, said they have been sending information to members about the storm since the beginning of the week. (Gary Moore/CBC)

“People remember Dorian back in 2019,” O’Brien said. “People don’t want to be in the same situation.”

He said people are slowly preparing for Fiona, but they are not panicking. O’Brien said they plan to get as many boats out of the water as possible tomorrow.

Caissie said since the storm is set to hit Friday into Saturday, it will coincide with a period of high tide, which could cause some problems for low-lying areas along the coast.

Shediac Mayor Roger Caissie hopes power outages won’t be too severe. (Gary Moore/CBC)

“These property owners [who] is on the coast, they’ve been there for quite a few years,” Caissie said. “They’ve seen this before, they take their necessary precautions.”

He said the city is “as ready as we can be.”

Caissie recommends that residents keep extra batteries on hand and charge cell phones beforehand. He also recommends cleaning gutters and storing garden furniture.

“I hope the power outages won’t be too bad, but Mother Nature will tell us.”

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