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Tropical storm warning issued for the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as Fiona approaches


Tropical Storm Fiona forms in the Atlantic 0:45 (CNN) — Tropical Storm Fiona is moving west and will begin to unleash tropical storm winds of about 40 km/h or more, rain and waves over the Leeward Islands. Friday night, the National Hurricane Center said Friday morning. Packing 50 mph (80 km/h) winds with even higher gusts, the storm was only about 260 miles (426 km) east of the Leeward Islands early Friday morning. Tropical storm conditions, which extend 201 km from the center of the storm, have prompted several governments in the region to issue warnings and watches. A tropical storm watch has been issued for the US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Dominica and Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). A watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 48 hours. “Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area in the Virgin Islands on Saturday and in Puerto Rico on Saturday afternoon or Saturday night,” the NHC said. Tropical storm warnings still cover Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Guadeloupe, St. Barthélemy and St. Martin. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere in the warning area within 36 hours. “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 Saturday through Sunday,” the Center wrote. Hurricane National. The storm’s strength could fluctuate through the weekend, but it is not expected to strengthen significantly. The impact that Tropical Storm Fiona could have Flash flooding and landslides are major concerns. Fiona’s main impact will be torrential rain from the Leeward Islands to Puerto Rico. Flash flooding of urban areas and mudslides on higher ground will be possible due to 30 to 200mm of rain, with isolated amounts exceeding 380mm, according to the center. “Significant flooding impacts are possible in eastern portions of Puerto Rico,” the hurricane center warns. Here’s a breakdown of how much rain is expected in each location according to the NHC. Leeward Islands: 30 to 150 mm.
British and US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico: 40 to 150 millimeters with local maximum totals of 250 mm.
Eastern Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos Islands: 40 to 200 mm with local maximum totals of 380 mm. By early next week the system is forecast to be near Hispaniola Island, where guards may be required later Friday, the NHC said. Beyond that time period, computer forecast models have it remaining east of the Bahamas for days. Still, they disagree on where he goes next. It’s certainly a storm to watch, especially if you live on the US East Coast.



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