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Update: Tropical Storm Fiona to Approach USVI and Puerto Rico This Weekend; Little Change in Strength Forecast

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Tropical Storm Fiona, which formed in the Atlantic late Wednesday will arrive to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico over the weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center. N.H.C. is expected to start issuing tropical storm warnings later today.

So far tropical storm watches have been issued for Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla. This means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 48 hours — around late Friday.

“Interests elsewhere in the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin  Islands, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola should monitor the progress of  this system, as additional tropical storm watches or warnings will likely be required for portions of these areas later today,” according to N.H.C.

At 500 a.m. Thursday, the center of Tropical Storm Fiona was  located near latitude 16.6 North, longitude 53.0 West. Fiona is  moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h), and this general  motion is expected to continue for the next several days. On the  forecast track, the center of Fiona is forecast to move through the  Leeward Islands late Friday and Friday night, and move near the  Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico this weekend.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.  Little change in strength is forecast during the next few days.

Wind: Tropical storm conditions are possible across portions of the northern Leeward Islands by Friday night, where a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued.

Rainfall: Fiona is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations  of 3 to 5 inches with maximum totals of 8 inches across the northern  Leeward Islands, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico  and eastern Hispaniola. These rains may produce isolated flash and  urban flooding, along with isolated mudslides in areas of higher  terrain.

Surf: Swells generated by Fiona are expected to begin affecting the  northern Leeward Islands on Friday. These swells could cause  life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult  products from your local weather office.

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