Hurricane Fiona is making its way to Atlantic Canada.
The hurricane is on track to reach Nova Scotia waters tonight before passing through the province's eastern mainland, Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island on Saturday. It's expected to move onto Quebec's Lower North Shore and southeastern Labrador early Sunday.
We caught up with former Altona news reporter Dean Penner, now living in Moncton, New Brunswick.
"It seems like yesterday is when people starting to take the whole situation fairly serious as they saw that the hurricane was going to hit Atlantic Canada," he said. "A lot of warnings were issued, a lot of advisories, people need to have their emergency kits ready. They need to have good five to seven days of water just in case things break down here. If power goes down, if some of the utilities go down, you need to be prepared and ready to go at a moment's notice."
Penner says Moncton isn't expected to be hit as hard as Nova Scotia and PEI, but notes his family is ready for what's to come.
"My wife and I, we've always for the past number of years, we've had an emergency kit ready just in case if we have to move out real quick, we have a kit ready to go. It's got water, it's got some food and it's got some other essentials that you need, if you need to get out and get on the run. In that way, we have been prepared and I think that has been what officials here in Atlantic Canada have been encouraging people to do as well. Have a kit of some kind ready just in case the worst comes."
He notes in Atlantic Canada, people are used to storms, adding there doesn't seem to be any panic out in the street or in the stores. Being from the Prairies, Penner says he's intrigued by the situation.
"I'm a little curious to see how this is going to work out. I've never been in a hurricane area. This is all new to us. We're going to watch it very closely. We're going to certainly use caution and use good sound judgement because I'm anticipating that things are going to get pretty hairy with those kinds of winds if they get up to 90 km/h. A little bit of apprehension but a little bit of curiosity as well."
Hurricane Fiona is forecasted to bring severe winds and as much as 200 millimetres of rain to Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec this weekend. Environment Canada says the potentially historic storm is also expected to cause widespread power outages on the East Coast.
You can listen to CFAM Radio 950 Morning Show Co-Host Chris Sumner's conversation with Dean Penner below.