Bermuda prepares for Fiona’s azote. Florida must watch tropical wave

Bermuda is preparing for the arrival of the powerful category 4 hurricane Fiona that will hit the archipelago after moving away from the Caribbean where it left several dead and caused serious flooding.

Bermuda braces for the arrival of the powerful Category 4 Hurricane Fiona. NOAA

Forecasters are also keeping an eye on intensifying Storm Gaston and three other systems, especially a tropical wave east of the Windward Islands that Florida needs to watch out for. It would become a tropical depression and threaten heavy rains in northwestern Venezuela and Colombia, Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Fiona has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 km/h) with stronger gusts and forecast further intensification on Wednesday night, with possible fluctuations on Thursday.

Hurricane-force winds extended up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extended out to 160 miles (260 km).

A hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning were in place for Bermuda where it would arrive Thursday after leaving a trail of destruction in the Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Fiona’s center was 615 miles (990 km) southwest of Bermuda.

The US State Department urged its citizens to reconsider travel to Bermuda due to the proximity Fiona and also authorized the relatives of the diplomatic staff to leave the archipelago.

“US citizens in Bermuda who wish to leave the island should leave now, before Hurricane Fiona arrives. US citizens in need of immediate emergency services should contact local authorities,” the government agency said in a travel advisory.

Bermuda’s Homeland Security Minister Michael Weeks said at a news conference due to the swell conditions associated with Fiona, they are anticipating some challenges for those living in the low-lying coastal areas.

“For those who normally experience storm surge and flooding during hurricanes, you can expect to see the same with Hurricane Fiona,” he warned.

“Stay out of the water. Please do not put your lives and the lives of our lifeguards and lifeguards at risk, ”he told citizens and tourists asking them to stay away from the beaches while waiting for the hurricane to pass.

The Parks Department will post high wave warning signs on beaches from Somerset to Cooper’s Island.

Government offices will be open this Thursday and government services will operate as normal until 5:00 pm Public schools will be closed on Friday.

Fiona would pass between the US East Coast and Bermuda and the coast could be affected by rip currents on the beaches until the weekend.

Additional rains of 1 to 2 inches were expected in the Dominican Republic for a total of 20 inches in the east of that country, 1 to 3 inches in Caicos and Turks for a maximum of 5 to 10 inches, in the southeastern Bahamas of 1 to 4 inches and in Bermuda 2 to 4 inches.

The hurricane after passing through Bermuda will accelerate its path north and will be close to the Atlantic coast of Canada.

As to Tropical Storm Gastón, the NHC said it strengthened as its maximum sustained winds increase to 65 mph (100 km/h) and further strengthening and then gradual weakening is forecast.

Gastón was 850 miles (1,370 km) west of the Azores Islands.

Florida must pay attention to tropical wave

The NHC is monitoring three tropical waves in the Atlantic and one of them, Invest 98-L, should focus Florida’s attention when it is close to the Caribbean.

That tropical system is hundreds of miles east of the southern Windward Islands, is showing signs of organization, and is likely to develop into a tropical depression.

Its formation probability is 70% at 48 hours and 90% at five days.

“People in the Windward Islands should follow the development of this system because heavy rains and strong winds are already affecting that area,” the NHC suggested.

NBC6 Meteorologist Adam Berg said it’s likely to become Storm Hermine, and while it’s too early to tell what this system will do, “everyone in South Florida will need” to be vigilant in the coming days.

“The models are very consistent over the next five days, carrying this developing storm across the Caribbean toward the southwest coast of Cuba. The models then show further strengthening as the storm enters the Gulf,” he detailed.

At that point, the Keys and Florida’s west coast and Gulf Coast should follow the future path of the tropical system.

“Invest 98-L could be a problem next week,” he said.

The NHC reported that another tropical wave could develop into a tropical depression off the west coast of Africa this weekend. It has a 50% chance of development in five days.

In the eastern central Atlantic a tropical wave is also a tropical wave that would develop slowly as it moves westward.

This story was originally published on September 21, 2022 10:04 a.m.

Journalist and editor with specialization in Latin America, judicial, business and local issues related to the Latin American community. Much of her career was developed in international news agencies. Her investigative work “Emigrate to Death: Murdered Venezuelans in Latin America” received the 2019 FSNE and SPJ Sunshine State awards.

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