TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — UPDATE 9/23/22 5 AM:
As of the 5 AM National Hurricane Center Update on Friday, Hurricane Fiona has now degraded to a Category 3 Major Hurricane.
This storm has showed some weakening both in eye wall definition and reduced maximum wind speeds.
This is still a major hurricane as it heads toward Nova Scotia this weekend.
Hurricane Fiona is expected to make landfall along the Atlantic Canada provinces later in the weekend.
Rip currents will be very dangerous along the Eastern seaboard.
Hurricane Fiona is on its journey north in the western Atlantic Ocean, with storm risks increasing in Bermuda.
Fiona is southwest of Bermuda Thursday morning, moving north at 10 mph, based on statistics from the National Hurricane Center. Its highest sustained winds were 130 mph, a major hurricane of Category 4 strength.
Fiona's core may avoid a direct landfall in Bermuda, but a close-enough approach Thursday is causing hurricane watches and a tropical storm warning to be in effect for the island.
By this weekend, Fiona will move faster but begins a transition out of tropical cyclone phase on its way toward the Atlantic Canada provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador. It will still be a powerful wind-maker, possibly equivalent to Category 2 wind speed as it nears Nova Scotia.