October 3, 2022
Puerto Rico braces for landfall and severe flooding as Tropical Storm Fiona approaches

Havana (AP) – Tropical Storm Fiona threatened to bring up to 16 inches (41 cm) of rain to parts of Puerto Rico on Saturday, as forecasters kept the US region under storm watch and people warned of possible landslides, severe flooding and flooding. faced power outages. ,

The storm was located 145 miles (230 kph) southeast of St. Croix on Saturday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph). It was moving to the west at 13 mph (20 kph) on a path forecast to pass near Puerto Rico. Forecasters warned that Fiona could be near hurricane strength as it passes through Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Fiona is expected to swipe the Dominican Republic as a potential hurricane on Sunday and Haiti and the Turks and Caicos Islands on Monday and Tuesday, with the threat of extreme rain.

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Fiona in the Caribbean on Saturday, September 17, 2022.
This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Fiona in the Caribbean on Saturday, September 17, 2022.

The forecaster issued a Hurricane Watch for the southern coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Angano westward to Cabo Casedo and for the north coast from Cabo Angano westward to Puerto Plata.

In Puerto Rico, officials opened shelters and closed public beaches, theaters and museums as they urged people to stay indoors.

“It’s time to activate and contact your emergency plan and help your relatives, especially older adults who live alone,” said Dr. Gloria Amador, who runs a non-profit health organization in central Puerto Rico.

At least one cruise ship trip and several flights to the island were canceled, while officials in the eastern Caribbean islands canceled schools and forbade people from practicing aquatic sports as Fiona battered the area. Had given.

In the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, officials said they recorded wind gusts up to 74 mph (120 kph), which would be considered a Category 1 hurricane. He also said that the Gros Morne region received 9 inches (23 cm) of rain in three hours.

Fiona, the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, was predicted to cause 5 to 10 inches (13 to 25 cm) of rain in eastern and southern Puerto Rico, with up to 16 inches (41 cm) in isolated places. it’ll rain. Rainfall of 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm) was forecast for the Dominican Republic, with up to 12 inches (30 cm) of rain in places. Forecasters said deadly surf was also possible from Fiona’s winds.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Lester in the eastern Pacific was on a projected path that could make landfall near the Acapulco region on Mexico’s southwest coast on Saturday night.

Lester was expected to remain a tropical storm until it hit the Mexican coast. Forecasters have warned of potential danger from heavy rains.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph) late Friday. It was centered 110 miles (180 kph) southeast of Acapulco and was moving to the northwest at 10 mph (17 kph).

A Tropical Storm Warning was issued from Puerto Escondido to Zihuatanejo. The Hurricane Center said that 3 to 6 inches (8 to 15 centimeters) of rain could fall along the coasts of Leicester Upper Guerrero State and Michoacan State, with 12 inches (30 centimeters) in isolated areas.

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