Tropical Storm Fiona is showing signs of weakening this morning, with winds now reaching 50 mph.
The US National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Fiona was forecast to move to the easternmost islands of the Caribbean on Friday night, slowing to a location south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Saturday and Sunday.
Friday’s forecast raised the predicted rainfall totals for the affected islands to one foot (30 centimeters) in places in eastern and southern Puerto Rico and 16 inches (41 centimeters) in the eastern Dominican Republic. The center said that much rain could lead to flash floods and landslides in highlands, coastal flooding and life-threatening as Fiona’s winds turn ashore.
The center said the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season was maintaining strong winds of about 50 mph (85 kph) when Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft measured its progress Friday morning. Slight change in strength is expected during the next few days.
At 8 a.m. EDT on Friday, Fiona was moving at 15 mph (24 kph), about 175 miles (285 kph) east of Guadeloupe. A Tropical Storm Warning was in effect for the Leeward Islands, and a Tropical Storm Watch was issued for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Dominica.