Fiona becomes a hurricane with 80 mph winds

Hurricane Fiona
Hurricane Fiona(Station)
Published: Sep. 17, 2022 at 10:36 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2022 at 11:13 AM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Hurricane Fiona continues now has 80 mph sustained on the south side of Puerto Rico. Fiona is traveling west/northwest at roughly 8 mph. Torrential rains with flash floods and mudslides are expected across Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Both areas are currently under a Hurricane Warning.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours while Fiona moves to western Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

In Puerto Rico rainfall of 12 to 16 inches will fall with some areas getting up to25 inches, particularly across eastern and southern Puerto Rico. Storm surges of 1 to 3 feet will occur on the coasts.

For the northern and eastern Dominican Republic rainfall of 4 to 8 inches with some local 12-inch totals.

Fiona will move to the northwest Monday, then more to the northeast later in the week. This will take the storm close to Bermuda later in the week. Fiona will not pose a threat to the continental United States. As always, the First Alert ABC 7 Meteorology team will continue updating the tropical conditions.