Storm Fiona poses threat for Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic

Tropical Storm Fiona affects Gaudeloupe, next week Bahamas as hurricane

Meteorologists forecast Tropical Storm Fiona will become a Hurricane Category 1 by Tuesday evening in the vicinity of the southeastern Bahamas.

Tropical Storm Fiona passed near Guadeloupe on Friday evening, hitting some of the Caribbean’s easternmost islands with strong rain and wind as forecasters warned the storm could later threaten Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic with dangerous rains.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Fiona was then likely to become a hurricane near the Bahamas next week. The center said Fiona would slow its forward movement. It was predicted to be close to Puerto Rico late Saturday and then cross over the Dominican Republic on Monday.

The forecast called for rainfall totals of as much as a foot in places across eastern and southern Puerto Rico and 16 inches in the eastern Dominican Republic. That much rain could cause flash floods and mudslides in higher terrain, and life-threatening surf was possible from Fiona’s winds, the hurricane center said.

At 11 p.m., Fiona was moving at 14 mph, about 55 miles west-northwest of Guadeloupe.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Guadeloupe, St. Barthelemy, and St. Martin, Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, the south coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano westward to Cabo Caucedo and the north coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano westward to Puerto Plata.

Tropical storm watches were in effect for Dominica, the south coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Caucedo westward to Barahona.

Puerto Ricans are bracing for heavy rain as Tropical Storm Fiona continues to threaten Caribbean.

At 8 p.m., Fiona was moving at 15 mph, about 15 miles north northwest of Guadeloupe.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Guadeloupe, St. Barthelemy, and St. Martin, Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra, U.S. Virgin Islands, and British Virgin Islands.

Tropical storm watches were in effect for Dominica, the south coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano westward to Barahona, and the north coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano westward to Cabo Frances Viejo.

The National Weather Service released the 5 p.m. advisory on Tropical Storm Fiona.

At 5 p.m., Fiona was moving at 15 mph, about 20 miles east northeast of Guadeloupe.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Guadeloupe, St. Barthelemy, and St. Martin, Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra, U.S. Virgin Islands, and British Virgin Islands.

Meteorologist Betty Davis said the official forecast shows Fiona will affect the Bahamas as a hurricane.

Tropical storm watches were in effect for Dominica, the south coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano westward to Barahona, and the north coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano westward to Cabo Frances Viejo.

The National Weather Service placed the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico under a tropical watch as Tropical Storm Fiona approaches.

At 2 p.m., Fiona was moving at 14 mph, about 75 miles east of Guadeloupe.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, and Anguilla, Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Guadeloupe, St. Barthelemy, St. Martin, Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra, U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

Tropical storm watches were in effect for Dominica, the south coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano westward to Barahona, and the north coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano westward to Cabo Frances Viejo.

Tropical Storm Fiona was forecast to move across the Caribbean’s easternmost islands Friday night before slowing to a spot just south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico late Saturday and Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

At 11 a.m., Fiona was moving at 14 mph, about 135 miles east of Guadeloupe. Tropical storm warnings were in effect for the Leeward Islands, St. Maarten, Guadaloupe, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and a tropical storm watch was issued for Dominica and the British Virgin Islands.


About the Authors:

Michael Lowry is Local 10's Hurricane Specialist and Storm Surge Expert.

Betty Davis is the chief certified meteorologist for Local 10. She provides weather forecasts for South Florida Monday-Friday during the 4, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.