Hurricane Fiona heads towards Bermuda after hitting the Turks and Caicos Islands and devastating the Dominican Republic
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The hurricane fiona is slowly moving away from the Turks and Caicos Islands and now it will go to the Bermuda and it may hit parts of Atlantic Canada in the next few days, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Where is Hurricane Fiona
Fiona’s center is located north of Caicos Island and it has become the first category 3 or stronger hurricane of the 2022 season.
Hurricane conditions were occurring in the Turks and Caicos Islands, but are already abating. Bands of locally heavy rain are still occurring in parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, but will diminish as Fiona moves away from the Caribbean.
A hurricane hunter plane from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOOA) of the United States, which flew over the hurricane, confirmed on Tuesday night the increase in the strength of the winds, maximum sustained, currently 125 miles per hour. (205km/h), almost reaching category 4.
Forecast from the National Hurricane Center (NHC)
Conditions will slowly improve as the center of Fiona moves away from the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Fiona will stay away from the US East Coast although it will produce high waves along the coast from Wednesday to Saturday. That will contribute to a threat of dangerous rip currents.
Next, Fiona will be a threat to Bermuda and Atlantic Canada.
Maximum impacts will arrive late Thursday into early Friday morning. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Bermuda. This means that tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.
Heavy rain bands and strong gusts of wind are expected. The strength of the winds will depend on Fiona’s exact path relative to Bermuda.
Large, strong waves and storm surge are also anticipated as Fiona moves forward.
The rain comes from Friday when Fiona heads north. Maximum impacts are expected to reach the Atlantic coast of Canada on Saturday, with some lingering impacts into Sunday.
A triple threat of damaging winds, torrential rain and storm surge is at play in parts of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
Those threats are expected regardless of whether Fiona remains a hurricane or is beginning to transition to a non-tropical low at that point.
With information from NHC and weather.com