Tropical Storm Fiona heads for Puerto Rico with heavy rains

MEXICO CITY — Tropical Storm Fiona threaded between Guadeloupe and Montserrat whereas coming into the jap Caribbean and dropping heavy rains over the northern Leeward Islands.

Forecasters mentioned the storm would slowly make its means towards Puerto Rico on Saturday and would cross close to or over the U.S. territory by Sunday morning, with the potential for dangerously heavy rain in remoted spots.

Fiona was then anticipated to cross over the Dominican Republic on Monday with the identical risk of maximum rains in locations that would trigger flash floods and mudslides.

The U.S. Nationwide Hurricane Heart in Miami mentioned Fiona was then more likely to strengthen right into a hurricane close to the Bahamas by Tuesday night time.

In the meantime, Tropical Storm Lester within the jap Pacific was on a projected path that would carry landfall close to the Acapulco space on Mexico’s southwestern coast Saturday night time.

Fiona was predicted to carry 4 to eight inches (10 to twenty centimeters) of rain in jap and southern Puerto Rico, with as a lot as a foot (30 centimeters) in remoted spots. Rains of 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 centimeters) had been forecast for the Dominican Republic, with as much as 16 inches (41 centimeters) in locations. Life-threatening surf additionally was potential from Fiona’s winds, forecasters mentioned.

Fiona, which is the Atlantic hurricane season’s sixth named storm, had most sustained winds of about 60 mph (95 kph) late Friday, the middle mentioned. It was transferring westward at 14 mph (22 kph), and was centered about 55 miles (90 kilometers) west-northwest of Guadeloupe.

Within the Pacific, Lester was anticipated to stay a tropical storm till hitting the Mexican coast, however forecasters warned of potential risks from heavy rains.

The storm had most sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) late Friday. It was centered 200 miles (325 kilometers) southeast of Acapulco and transferring transferring to the northwest at 12 mph (19 kph).

A tropical storm warning was up from Puerto Escondido to Zihuatanejo. The hurricane heart mentioned Lester may drop from 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 centimeters) of rain on the coasts of higher Guerrero state and Michoacan state, with remoted areas getting 16 inches (41 centimeters).

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