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Tropical Storm Fiona bringing heavy rains to Puerto Rico

Published:Friday | September 16, 2022 | 9:21 AM
Tropical storm warnings were in effect for the Leeward Islands, and a tropical storm watch was issued for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Dominica.

MIAMI (AP) — 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 United States National Hurricane Center said.

Friday's forecast increased the estimated rainfall totals for the affected islands, to as much as a foot in places across eastern and southern Puerto Rico and 16 inches in the eastern Dominican Republic.

That much rain may cause flash floods and mudslides in higher terrain, with coastal flooding and life-threatening surf possible as Fiona's winds blow ashore, the centre said.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season's sixth named storm was sustaining top winds of about 50 miles per hour when an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft measured its progress Friday morning, the center said.

Little change in strength is forecast during the next few days.

At 8 a.m. EDT on Friday, Fiona was moving at 15 miles per hour, about 175 miles east of Guadeloupe.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for the Leeward Islands, and a tropical storm watch was issued for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Dominica.

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