MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Tropical Storm Fiona is a little stronger as moves to the west.
THE LATEST UPDATE
At 5:00 PM, the center of Tropical Storm Fiona was located near latitude 16.3 North, longitude 55.4 West. Fiona is moving toward the west near 14 mph.
Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next few days. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) mainly to the north of the center. The minimum central pressure based on data from the reconnaissance aircraft is 1006 mb.
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra. The government of Antigua and Barbuda has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the British Virgin Islands. The government of France has upgraded the Tropical Storm Watches for Guadeloupe, St. Barthelemy, and St. Martin to Tropical Storm Warnings.
A westward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected through Saturday night, with a turn toward the west-northwest possible on Sunday. On the forecast track, the center of Fiona is expected to move across the Leeward Islands Friday night and early Saturday, and move near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico late Saturday into Sunday.
Tropical storm conditions are expected across portions of the northern Leeward Islands within the warning area beginning Friday evening. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area across the Virgin Islands on Saturday, and reaching Puerto Rico late Saturday or Saturday night.
Flooding rain is possible across the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico through the weekend.
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