- The depression moved west at a speed of 13 mph and tackled sustained winds of 35 mph.
- The most widespread impact of this system will be drenching downpours.
- The system poses no threat to South Florida “at the moment”, but forecasts show it will affect Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic this weekend
Tropical Depression Seven strengthened into Tropical Storm Fiona in the Atlantic Ocean late Wednesday as it made its way into Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the National Hurricane Center said.
It is the sixth storm to bear the name of what has been a fairly calm and calm 2022 Atlantic hurricane season so far.
The tropical storm moved west-northwest at a speed of 16 mph and picked up sustained winds of 80 mph.
Late Wednesday evening, the tropical storm was located about 650 miles east of the Leeward Islands, the Hurricane Center said.
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On the way to Puerto Rico, Leeward Islands
“On the forecast track, the center of the storm is expected to move through the Leeward Islands late Friday and Friday evening and be near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico this weekend,” the Hurricane Center said.
Some slow strengthening is possible in the coming days, the Hurricane Center said.
At the end of Wednesday, there were tropical storm watchmen for a series of Caribbean islands, including Antigua and Barbuda.
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According to AccuWeather, the most widespread effects of this system will be rain showers. Rainfall amounts of 3-5 inches can cause localized flooding from the islands of Guadeloupe and Antigua, through the British and US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic.
While the system is predicted to strengthen in the coming days, current forecasts keep it well below hurricane strength. Wind shear in the Gulf of Mexico and the southwest Atlantic could limit the system’s strengthening.
No threat to South Florida ‘at the moment’
According to the National Weather Service in Miami, the system does not pose a threat to South Florida “at this time.”
However, the agency encouraged residents to review hurricane plans and inventories, as the peak hurricane season lasts through mid-October.
Contributions: The The Bharat Express News; Cheryl McCloud, the Palm Beach Post