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BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY Forecast Office Section Telephone No. 377-7178/377-7040 Fax No. 377-5275
Nassau, Bahamas

...FIONA'S HEAVY RAINS CONTINUE OVER PORTIONS OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS AND ARE SPREADING ACROSS THE VIRGIN ISLANDS... …HEAVY FLASH AND URBAN FLOODING ALONG WITH MUDSLIDES WILL OCCUR NEAR THE SOUTH AND EASTERN PORTION OF PUERTO RICO AND THE EASTERN PORTION OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC...

A HURRICANE ALERT IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE ISLANDS OF THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. THIS INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF INAGUA, MAYAGUANA, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND, SAMANA CAY, LONG CAY AND RAGGED ISLAND, AND ALL THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.

A HURRICANE ALERT MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS COULD BE EXPERIENCED IN THE MENTIONED ISLANDS WITHIN 60 HOURS.

AT 2PM EST, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM FIONA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 16.6 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 64.1 DEGREES WEST, OR ABOUT 130 MILES SOUTHEAST ST. CROIX, OR 566 MILES SOUTHEAST OF COCKBURN TOWN, GRAND TURK, OR 673 MILES SOUTHEAST OF MATTHEW TOWN INAGUA, OR 1035 MILES SOUTHEAST OF NEW PROVIDENCE.

TROPICAL STORM FIONA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 8 MPH. A WESTNORTHWESTWARD MOTION AT A SIMILAR FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATER TODAY, FOLLOWED BY A TURN TOWARD THE NORTHWEST BY SUNDAY EVENING. ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CENTER OF FIONA IS EXPECTED TO MOVE NEAR OR SOUTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS THIS EVENING, APPROACH PUERTO RICO TONIGHT, AND PASS TO THE EAST OF THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AS A HURRICANE ON TUESDAY MORNING.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 60 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS, AND FIONA IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A HURRICANE BY SUNDAY NIGHT WHILE MOVING NEAR PUERTO RICO.

RESIDENTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS SHOULD BEGIN TO MAKE PREPARATION FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF HURRICANE CONDITIONS BEGINNING EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.

THE NEXT ALERT ON TROPICAL STORM FIONA WILL BE ISSUED AT 6 PM EDT.

ISSUED BY: MARY BUTLER
CHIEF METEOROLOGICAL OFFICER
BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY

 

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