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Tropical Storm Fiona closing in on the Leeward Islands

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tropical Storm Fiona continues to move westward in the Atlantic, with Tropical Storm Warnings now in effect for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center showed the system’s max sustained winds remained at 50 mph.

The storm was moving west at 14 mph. The minimum pressure was 1005 mb.

The storm is about 135 miles east of Guadeloupe.

On the forecast track, the center of the storm is forecast to move through the Leeward Islands Friday night, near or just south of the Virgin Islands this weekend, and approach the southern coast of the Dominican Republic Sunday night into Monday.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for:

  • Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, and Anguilla

  • Saba and St. Eustatius

  • St. Maarten

  • Guadeloupe, St. Barthelemy, and St. Martin

  • Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra

  • U.S. Virgin Islands

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • British Virgin Islands

  • Dominica

Watches are likely for the parts of Hispaniola later today.

Tropical storm conditions are expected in the northern Leeward islands Friday afternoon, with strong winds impacting the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico this weekend.

Heavy rains are also likely in this area, with flooding possible. Isolated mudslides are also possible in higher terrain.

Depression Seven was upgraded Wednesday night to Tropical Storm Fiona. Fiona is the sixth named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.

There is still uncertainty about the long-term track of Fiona, but a northwestward turn is still very possible. However, a more westerly track could still occur.

It is now forecast to become a hurricane on Wednesday.

This is still a system to watch over the weekend.

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