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Prime minister delaying trip to Japan due to incoming hurricane

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is delaying a trip to Japan as Hurricane Fiona is set to make landfall on the East Coast early Saturday.

Hurricane Fiona expected to hit the East Coast early Saturday

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was set to leave for Japan on Sunday to attend the funeral of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

UPDATE: The Prime Minister's trip to Japan was cancelled on Saturday, Sept. 24 due to the federal response to Hurricane Fiona. On Sunday, François-Philippe Champagne announced he would be attending in Trudeau's place.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is delaying a trip to Japan as Hurricane Fiona is set to make landfall on the East Coast early Saturday.

Trudeau was set to depart Saturday for a three-day visit to attend the funeral of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe who was assassinated this summer — allegedly over his controversial ties to a church some say is a cult.

But that trip will be delayed due to the need for a potential emergency response, according to the Prime Minister's Office. He is expected to leave Sunday. 

"During this time, he will be receiving briefings on the emergency response and support from the federal government, as well as reaching out to premiers," said a PMO spokesperson.

In a Friday afternoon briefing, Bob Robichaud, a warning preparedness meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre, cautioned people not to focus on the hurricane's track since its effects will be felt across a swath of Eastern Canada.

Environment Canada says this includes much of Nova Scotia, P.E.I., southeastern New Brunswick, western and southwestern Newfoundland and some parts of Quebec bordering the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The powerful storm that blasted Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic will bring strong winds, heavy rainfall and significant storm surge into the region.

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