Hurricane Fiona

Hurricane Fiona pummeled Puerto Rico and made landfall Monday morning in the Dominican Republic. It will continue to strengthen as it moves towards the Turks and Caicos islands and Bermuda. Hurricane Fiona made landfall as a category 1 storm very early Monday morning. As of 10 am, the center of Fiona was 135 miles southeast of Grand Turk Island. Sustained winds are still at 90 mph and it will continue to strengthen as it moves to the northwest at 9 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center of Fiona. Tropical-storm-force winds extend out around 140 miles.Fiona lashed at Puerto Rico, knocking out power entirely and causing catastrophic flooding. It then moved over the eastern half of the Dominican Republic Monday morning, and is headed northwest into warmer water. It will pass just east of the eastern Turks and Caicos islands tomorrow. It will likely be a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 105 mph by that time. It will continue to move north and could be a major hurricane, category 3, by Tuesday night/Wednesday morning as it passes to the east of the Bahamas with winds of 115 mph. Forecast winds in the Atlantic are as high as 125 mph. It will likely still be this strong when it gets close to Bermuda. By next weekend, it could impact portions of eastern/Atlantic Canada. Fiona does not look like a threat to the continental United States, with the exception of bringing high surf to the East Coast. There are now two areas we are watching in the Tropics, and both have a low chance of development in the next five days . Disorganized showers and thunderstorms are associated with an area of ​​low pressure over the central subtropical Atlantic. The system could develop over the next few days, but formation chances are only at 30%. The system will move generally northward while remaining over open water. Another tropical wave just west of the Windward Islands has been identified by the NHC for possible development later in the week. Chances are low at 20%, but this wave needs to be monitored with a keen eye as some forecast data show the potential for development after it enters the Caribbean and takes a possible track WNW that would take aim at the Yucatan Channel. So far this year, we have had six named storms, three of which became hurricanes. Normally by now, we would have nine named storms, four hurricanes and one to two major hurricanes. Dry air, Saharan dust and wind shear have played a major role in preventing tropical development and intensification this season. Stay tuned to WDSU Weather for the latest updates.

Hurricane Fiona pummeled Puerto Rico and made landfall Monday morning in the Dominican Republic. It will continue to strengthen as it moves towards the Turks and Caicos islands and Bermuda.

Hurricane Fiona made landfall as a category 1 storm very early Monday morning. As of 10 am, the center of Fiona was 135 miles southeast of Grand Turk Island. Sustained winds are still at 90 mph and it will continue to strengthen as it moves to the northwest at 9 mph.

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Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center of Fiona. Tropical-storm-force winds extend out around 140 miles.

Fiona lashed at Puerto Rico, knocking out power entirely and causing catastrophic flooding. It then moved over the eastern half of the Dominican Republic Monday morning, and is headed northwest into warmer water. It will pass just east of the eastern Turks and Caicos islands tomorrow. It will likely be a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 105 mph by that time.

It will continue to move north and could be a major hurricane, category 3, by Tuesday night/Wednesday morning as it passes to the east of the Bahamas with winds of 115 mph. Forecast winds in the Atlantic are as high as 125 mph. It will likely still be this strong when it gets close to Bermuda.

By next weekend, it could impact portions of eastern/Atlantic Canada. Fiona does not look like a threat to the continental United States, with the exception of bringing high surf to the East Coast.

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There are now two areas we are watching in the Tropics, and both have a low chance of development in the next five days. Disorganized showers and thunderstorms are associated with an area of ​​low pressure over the central subtropical Atlantic. The system could develop over the next few days, but formation chances are only at 30%. The system will move generally northward while remaining over open water.

Another tropical wave just west of the Windward Islands has been identified by the NHC for possible development later in the week. Chances are low at 20%, but this wave needs to be monitored with a keen eye as some forecast data show the potential for development after it enters the Caribbean and takes a possible track WNW that would take aim at the Yucatan Channel.

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So far this year, we have had six named storms, three of which became hurricanes. Normally by now, we would have nine named storms, four hurricanes and one to two major hurricanes. Dry air, Saharan dust and wind shear have played a major role in preventing tropical development and intensification this season.

Stay tuned to WDSU Weather for the latest updates.

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