Fiona grew into a Category 1 hurricane, raging in the Caribbean about 50 miles south of Puerto Rico, reaching sustained winds of 80 miles per hour, gusts of up to 100 miles per hour, and threatening floods and landslides. bring. The latest information on the Hurricane Center.
The effects of the storm are already being felt. At least one of her deaths has been reported in Basseterre, French Guadeloupe. According to Vice President The Territorial Environment Agency said the capital was devastated by floods.and in Puerto Rico – More than 310,000 customers were without power as of 10:45 a.m. ET on Sunday, according to PowerOutage.us, and flash floods have already begun, according to the National Weather Service.
The hurricane – the third of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season – is hitting Puerto Rico, south of the city of Ponce, the Hurricane Center said. Heavy rains and tropical storms have already affected much of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
“Fiona is forecast to intensify over the next 48 hours as it moves over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean, near Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic,” the Hurricane Center said. Expected in parts of the eastern Dominican Republic tonight and Monday.”
Current forecasts expect the center of Fiona to approach Sunday morning and move near or over southwestern Puerto Rico in the afternoon or evening.
The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a flash flood warning for parts of southern and eastern Puerto Rico, including Ponce and Yabucoa, noting that flooding began after an estimated 1 to 2 inches of rain had already fallen.
According to the Hurricane Center, 12 to 16 inches of very heavy rain is forecast for much of Puerto Rico, with most rain expected on Sunday, and could be up to 25 inches in isolated areas in southern and eastern Puerto Rico. There is a possibility
The northern and eastern Dominican Republic also expects 4 to 8 inches of precipitation, with a total potential of up to 12 inches.
“These rainfall events will cause life-threatening flash floods and urban flooding in Puerto Rico and the eastern Dominican Republic, and landslides and landslides in the highlands,” said the Hurricane Center.
Storm surges pose another threat, raising water levels on the southern coast of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic by as much as 1 to 3 feet above normal tide levels when land winds are strongest.
A Hurricane Warning indicating expected hurricane conditions was issued for Puerto Rico, including the islands of Vieques and Culebra, and later expanded to include the eastern part of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Caucedo to Cabo Frances Viejo. The northern coast of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominican Republic, west of Cabo Francis Viejo to Puerto Plata, was under hurricane surveillance on Sunday morning and could reach hurricane conditions within the next 48 hours.
President Joe Biden on Sunday morning approved Puerto Rico’s state of emergency declaration, freeing up federal resources, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for emergency response and disaster relief efforts.
The threat doesn’t end as the storm passes between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Expected to intensify further, the storm will track east of the Bahamas, potentially becoming a Category 2 hurricane. Southeastern Bahamas and Tropical Storm Watch or Turks and Caicos Islands.
The Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas could experience tropical storm conditions by late Monday or early Tuesday.