Posted: Friday, September 16, 2022. 8:44 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Fiona.
NHC says that tropical storm conditions and heavy rains are expected to reach the Leeward Islands by this afternoon.
Fiona is moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/h).
On the forecast track, 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 late Saturday into Sunday.
Data from an NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.
Some slight strengthening is forecast during the next few days.
Fiona is forecast to produce 3 to 6 inches of rainfall over the Leeward Islands and Northern Windward Islands and 4 to 6 inches over the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.
The rains may produce flash and urban flooding, along with mudslides in areas of higher terrain, particularly southern and eastern Puerto Rico and the eastern Dominican Republic.
The public is advised to remain alert and be prepared.
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