Hurricane Fiona 2022 track update: Fiona on path to hit Puerto Rico
Fiona is a hurricane now.
The National Hurricane Center said Fiona had 80 mph winds on Sunday morning as it nears a potential landfall in Puerto Rico. The upgrade makes Fiona the third hurricane of 2022 in the Atlantic.
The tempest was supposed to bring heavy downpour – – up to 25 inches – – and landslides to Puerto Rico over the course of the following couple of days, the storm community cautioned. A typhoon cautioning go on for Puerto Rico, as well as the eastern side of the Dominican Republic, which will be in Fiona’s way after Puerto Rico.
Tropical storm warnings and watches stretched as far north as the Bahamas on Sunday.
The typhoon community’s way for Fiona takes the tempest close or over the western tip of Puerto Rico sometime in the afternoon. The eyewall was apparent on radar from the Public Weather conditions Administration in San Juan starting around 11 a.m. CDT:
Then, at that point, Fiona will follow close or over the eastern Dominican Republic and turn toward the north, around the Bahamas. It could fortify more while it is close to the southeastern Bahamas, yet the track doesn’t take the focal point of the tempest through the islands however toward the east.
Then the path turns more to the north. If it verifies that will keep Fiona away from the U.S. mainland.
Fiona could strengthen more and become a major hurricane as it tracks in the direction of Bermuda late this week.
Starting around 10 a.m. CDT Sunday, the focal point of Typhoon Fiona was situated around 50 miles south of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and was following toward the west-northwest at 8 mph.
Fiona’s winds increased to 80 mph on Sunday, according to the hurricane center, making it a Category 1 hurricane.
More strengthening will be possible before the center of Fiona nears Puerto Rico this afternoon. Fiona could get even stronger once it clears the Dominican Republic and moves into the western Atlantic. The hurricane center’s intensity forecast shows Fiona’s winds peaking at 115 mph — Category 3 — in about 96 hours.
The tropical storm place was especially stressed over how much downpour Fiona could drop on Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Destructive glimmer flooding and landslides are a genuine chance through the following couple of days in those areas.
Puerto Rico could get 12-16 inches of rain with local amounts up to 25 inches, especially on the eastern and southern parts of the island, foFiona could likewise cause a tempest flood of 1 to 3 feet along the southern bank of Puerto Rico, as well as Vieques and Culebra. One to 2 feet of flood will be conceivable in the U.S. Virgin Islands also.
The northern Dominican Republic was in line to get 4 to 8 inches with local amounts up to 12 inches.
Here are the watches and warnings as of Sunday morning:
* A hurricane warning is in effect for Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra, and the coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Caucedo to Cabo Frances Viejo.
* A hurricane watch is in effect for the north coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Frances Viejo westward to Puerto Plata. (The watch for the U.S. Virgin Islands has been dropped.)
* A tropical storm warning is in effect for the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the north coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Frances Viejo westward to Puerto Plata.
* A tropical storm watch is in effect for the south coast of the Dominican Republic west of Cabo Caucedo to Barahona, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas, including the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, Mayaguana, and the Ragged Islands.
On the typhoon community’s figure track the focal point of Fiona will move toward Puerto Rico earlier today, and move close or over Puerto Rico this evening or night. Fiona will then move close to the northern shoreline of the Dominican Republic this evening and Monday, and close or toward the east of the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday.
Hurricane winds, surge and rain will be the story in Puerto Rico today and will begin in the eastern Dominican Republic tonight and into Monday, the hurricane center said.