Forecasters say that a huge storm will pass near or over the US territory by Sunday morning
Miami, Florida – As a result of Tropical Storm Fiona passing between Guadeloupe and Montserrat on its way into the eastern Caribbean and dropping heavy rains over the northern Leeward Islands, a Hurricane Warning has been issued for Puerto Rico, and a Hurricane Watch is in effect for parts of the Dominican Republic. Both of these watches come after Fiona brought heavy rains to the northern Leeward Islands.
As of five o’clock in the afternoon, a Hurricane Warning has been issued for the entirety of Puerto Rico, including the islands of Vieques and Culebra. The United States 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 are all under a Hurricane Watch at this time.
The storm is expected to move slowly toward Puerto Rico on Saturday, and it is expected to pass close or over the U.S. island by Sunday morning. There is a possibility that isolated areas could experience dangerously severe rainfall.
After that, Fiona was forecasted to move over the Dominican Republic on Monday, bringing with it the same risk of intense rainfall that might lead to flash floods and mudslides in certain areas.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami, which serves the United States, predicted that Tropical Storm Fiona would most certainly become a hurricane near the Bahamas by Tuesday night.
During this time, Tropical Storm Lester was brewing in the eastern Pacific and was expected to take a route that would bring it close to the Acapulco region on the southwestern coast of Mexico on Saturday night.
It was anticipated that Fiona would bring between 12 and 16 inches of rain, with local totals of up to 20 inches possible, particularly across eastern and southern Puerto Rico. It was also anticipated that the Dominican Republic’s far eastern coast would receive between 4 and 8 inches of rain, with a maximum total of 12 inches possible. Forecasters warned of the possibility of life-threatening surf brought on by Fiona’s winds.
The National Hurricane Center said that Fiona, the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, has maximum sustained winds of approximately 60 mph as of Saturday afternoon. Around 160 miles away from Ponce, Puerto Rico, it was travelling in a west-northwesterly direction at 9 mph.
Forecasters anticipated that Lester would stay a tropical storm in the Pacific Ocean until it made landfall on the coast of Mexico; however, they cautioned of the possible dangers posed by heavy rainfall.
Saturday saw maximum sustained winds of forty miles per hour from the storm. Its epicenter was located 85 miles to the southeast of Acapulco, and it was travelling in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 10 mph.