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TROPICAL STORM FIONA 5AM UPDATE:

TROPICAL STORM FIONA 5AM UPDATE:

September 16, 2022571Views

At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Fiona was located near latitude 15.7 North, longitude 58.1 West. Fiona is moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/h). A westward motion with a gradual decrease in forward speed is expected through Saturday night or early Sunday, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest later on Sunday. On the forecast track, the center of Fiona is expected to move across the Leeward Islands tonight and early Saturday, and move near or just south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico late Saturday into Sunday.

Data from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Some slight strengthening is forecast during the next few days.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km)from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb (29.65 inches).

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for..

.* Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, and Anguilla* Saba and St. Eustatius* St. Maarten* Guadeloupe, St. Barthelemy, and St. Martin

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…

* Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra* U.S. Virgin Islands* British Virgin Islands

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

WIND:聽 Tropical storm conditions are expected across portions of the northern Leeward Islands within the warning area beginning this evening. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area across the Virgin Islands on Saturday and in Puerto Rico late Saturday or Saturday night.

RAINFALL:聽 Fiona is forecast to produce the following rainfall totals: Leeward Islands: 3 to 6 inches. British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico: 4 to 6 inches with local maximum totals of 10 inches, particularly across eastern and southern Puerto Rico. Eastern Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos: 4 to 8 inches with local maximum totals of 15 inches, particularly in terrain. These rains may produce flash and urban flooding, along with mudslides in areas of higher terrain, particularly southern Puerto Rico and eastern Dominican Republic.

STORM SURGE:聽 Localized coastal flooding will be possible along the coasts of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in areas of onshore winds Saturday into Sunday.

SURF:聽 Swells generated by Fiona are affecting the Leeward Islands, and are expected to spread westward to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today and Saturday. These conditions could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.

Forecaster Reinhart

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