FIRST ALERT: Fiona continues to intensify, two other chances of development

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Fiona is the first major hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.

At 5 AM, the center of Hurricane Fiona was located near latitude 21.3 North, longitude 70.9 West. Fiona is moving toward the north-northwest near 10 mph. This general motion is expected to continue through today, followed by a turn toward the north tonight or Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Fiona will pass near Grand Turk and the other eastern Turks and Caicos during the next few hours. Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph with higher gusts.

Hurricane Fiona is now the first major hurricane of the 2022 season.(WMBF)

Fiona is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles. The estimated minimum central pressure is 967 mb.

Hurricane Fiona is now the first major hurricane of the 2022 season.
Hurricane Fiona is now the first major hurricane of the 2022 season.(WMBF)

Hurricane conditions are spreading over the Turks and Caicos at this time, and these conditions should persist through this morning. Tropical storm conditions are expected in portions of the southeastern Bahamas starting in the next few hours.

Chances of Development

Two other chances of development.
Two other chances of development.(WMBF)

Central Subtropical Atlantic

Shower and thunderstorm activity continues to become better organized in association with an area of low pressure located over the central subtropical Atlantic, about 950 miles west-southwest of the westernmost Azores. Environmental conditions appear marginally favorable for additional development, and a tropical depression is likely to form within the next day or so before upper-level winds become less conducive later this week. The system should move generally northward or northeastward while remaining over the open waters of central subtropical Atlantic. The chance of development is now high at 80% over the next two and five days.

Central Tropical Atlantic

A tropical wave located several hundred miles east of the Windward Islands is producing a broad area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms while moving westward at 15-20 mph. Gradual development of this system is forecast during the next several days as the system approaches the Windward Islands, and a tropical depression could form by the latter part of this week as the system moves into the eastern and central Caribbean sea. The chance of development is now at 50% over the next five days.

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