Tropical Storm Fiona prompts hurricane warning for Puerto Rico

Tropical Storm Fiona is anticipated to turn into a hurricane and will dump as a lot as 20 inches of rain on Puerto Rico starting Saturday, the Nationwide Hurricane Middle warned.

Driving the information: The meteorological company issued a hurricane warning for the U.S. territory, the place the approaching flooding and excessive winds may imperil the island’s energy grid, which continues to be recovering from 2017’s Hurricane Maria.

Catch up quick: Fiona has already dumped 17 inches of rain on the island of Guadeloupe and introduced vital flooding to some japanese Caribbean islands.

  • As of Saturday morning, the tropical storm was positioned about 130 miles southeast of St. Croix and was transferring west. It’s on tempo to cross close to or over Puerto Rico on Sunday evening.
 Data: National Hurricane Center; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios
Information: Nationwide Hurricane Middle; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios

Risk stage: Forecasters are calling for 12 to 16 inches to fall in Puerto Rico with the potential for as many as 20 inches, significantly throughout japanese and southern swaths of the island.

  • A hurricane watch is in impact for the southern coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano westward to Cabo Caucedo and its northern coast, from Cabo Engano westward to Puerto Plata. The island nation is forecast to get 4 to eight inches of rain, with as much as a foot potential alongside its japanese coast.
  • The U.S. Virgin Islands, additionally below a hurricane watch as of Saturday morning, are anticipated to obtain 4 to 6 inches, with as a lot as 10 inches of rain potential.
  • The deluge may produce flash and concrete flooding, in addition to mudslides alongside larger terrain, significantly in southern and japanese Puerto Rico and the japanese Dominican Republic.
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Our thought bubble: From Axios’ Andrew Freedman: The Nationwide Hurricane Middle raised the potential of quicker intensification previous to the storm’s arrival in Puerto Rico on Sunday, so it’s potential the storm may hit as a stronger Class 1 or perhaps a Class 2 storm, relying on its improvement.

  • As soon as the storm emerges over the southwestern Atlantic, it’s prone to additional intensify, and seems destined to curve out to sea, away from the East Coast. Nonetheless, the final word observe continues to be topic to appreciable uncertainty, so the East Coast from Florida to the Carolinas specifically ought to maintain a detailed watch.