- Tropical Storm Fiona will transfer via the northeastern Caribbean.
- It will produce flooding rain and powerful wind gusts in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
- Fiona might change into a hurricane when it’s close to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
- It’s far too quickly to inform if this method will ever change into a mainland U.S. menace.
Tropical Storm Fiona is producing flooding rainfall and powerful wind gusts within the northeastern Caribbean and it could strengthen right into a hurricane because it tracks close to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
Here’s what we find out about Fiona’s threats to the Caribbean and what the storm might imply down the highway for the mainland United States.
Latest Status And Forecast
Fiona’s heart has entered the northeastern Caribbean after passing over Guadeloupe. Tropical-storm-force circumstances will proceed within the northern Leeward islands Saturday morning.
The storm continues to struggle some unfavorable upper-level winds (wind shear) and dry air.
The worst of the rain and gusty winds are occurring on the central Lesser Antilles now after the middle has handed as a result of a lot of the thunderstorm exercise is on the eastward aspect of the system attributable to wind shear.
On this monitor, Fiona will transfer close to or simply south of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico this weekend, then into Hispaniola Sunday night time or Monday. A barely extra favorable atmosphere could permit for some intensification this weekend and Fiona might strengthen right into a hurricane because it tracks close to Puerto Rico and Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic and Haiti).
After that, uncertainty grows due to that attainable land interplay, however some intensification is predicted as soon as Fiona reaches the waters north of Hispaniola.
A hurricane watch has been issued for Puerto Rico, which means hurricane circumstances are attainable throughout the subsequent 48 hours.
Tropical storm warnings are in impact for the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla, Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Guadeloupe, St. Barthelemy and St. Martin and for parts of the Dominican Republic. Tropical storm circumstances are anticipated within the warning space inside 36 hours.
Tropical storm watches have been issued for parts of the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. This signifies that tropical storm circumstances are attainable throughout the subsequent 48 hours.
Areas from the Leeward Islands to Puerto Rico to japanese Hispaniola to the Turks and Caicos might see rain totals of 4 to 10 inches (regionally larger) from Fiona. That heavy rain might set off harmful flooding and mudslides this weekend into early subsequent week, notably over mountainous terrain. Up to 16 inches is feasible, notably throughout japanese and southern Puerto Rico.
Some modest storm surge is feasible on east and south-facing shores this weekend in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hispaniola. In addition, rip currents and tough surf are doubtless.
Is Fiona A Mainland U.S. Threat?
The backside line is that the mainland U.S., particularly from Florida to the remainder of the Southeast coast, ought to simply monitor the forecast for now because it’s too quickly to inform if Fiona will finally change into a menace.
That’s as a result of Fiona faces the obstacles talked about earlier, together with wind shear, dry air and potential monitor over some mountainous Caribbean islands similar to Hispaniola.
Among the wide selection of potentialities embrace:
-Intensifying sooner, and due to this fact curling north into the central Atlantic Ocean far off the U.S. East Coast, just like Hurricane Earl final week.
-Minimal strengthening within the subsequent a number of days, persevering with west to west-northwest, then curling north later, a lot nearer to or over the Bahamas and probably the Southeast U.S. later subsequent week.
For now, the National Hurricane Center forecast requires Fiona to realize some power by early subsequent week, which might permit it to make a gradual northward flip close to Hispaniola and the Turks and Caicos.
However, as ceaselessly occurs in hurricane season, this forecast could change. Check again with us at climate.com for the newest updates to this forecast within the days forward.
Regardless of what occurs, now is an efficient time to be sure to have a plan in place earlier than a hurricane strikes. Information about hurricane preparedness might be discovered here.
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