Dominican Republic prepares for the arrival of Fiona

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

The government of the Dominican Republic has issued a Hurricane Watch for the southern coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engaño westward to Cabo Caucedo and for the northern coast from Cabo Engaño westward to Puerto Plata.

The government of Antigua and Barbuda has discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, and Anguilla.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…

* Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra
* South coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engaño westward to Cabo Caucedo
* North coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engaño westward to Puerto Plata

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
  • Saba and St. Eustatius
  • St. Maarten
  • Guadeloupe, St. Barthelemy, and St. Martin
  • Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • British Virgin Islands
  • South coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engaño westward to Cabo Caucedo
  • North coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engaño westward to Puerto Plata
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:
  • South coast of the Dominican Republic west of Cabo Caucedo to Barahona

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK

At 8:00 AM AST (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Fiona was located by an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft near latitude 16.1 North, longitude 63.4 West. Fiona is moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h).

A westward to west-northwestward motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through Sunday night. A turn toward the northwest is forecast early next week.

On the forecast track, the center of Fiona is expected to move near or just south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today through Sunday, and approach the southern or eastern coast of the Dominican Republic Sunday night and Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast, and Fiona could be at or near hurricane strength when it moves near Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic over the weekend.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km) from the center.

Source: ONAA

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