Residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands have been urged to stay indoors as the territory is experiencing the effects of Hurricane Fiona.
In a statement this morning, the Department of Disaster Management & Emergencies said: “The Turks and Caicos Islands Hurricane warning remains in effect. DDME advises ALL residents and guests to remain indoors and refrain from travel across all islands.”
At 8 am, the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said the centre of Hurricane Fiona was located about 15 km north of Grand Turk Island. On the forecasted trajectory, the centre of Fiona will continue to move near Grand Turk and the rest of eastern Turks and Caicos over the next few hours.
Fiona is a strong Category 3 hurricane and is packing winds that are near 115 mph (185 km/h) with stronger gusts.
The hurricane is forecast to strengthen over the next few days.
Hazards and advisories:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:
Turks and Caicos
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
Southeastern Bahamas, including the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, Mayaguana, and the Ragged Islands
WIND: Hurricane conditions are happening over Turks and Caicos right now, and these conditions should persist this morning. Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread over portions of the south-eastern Bahamas this morning.
RAIN: Fiona is forecast to produce the following rainfall:
British and US Virgin Islands: Additional one to two inches locally over the next 24 hours.
South Puerto Rico: Local additional amounts of one to four inches over the next 24 hours. Total storm amounts 12 to 20 inches with a local maximum of 35 inches.
Northern Puerto Rico: Local additional amounts of one to two inches over the next 24 hours. Storm totals four to 12 inches with a local maximum of 20 inches.
Dominican Republic: one to four additional inches with a local maximum of six inches over the next 24 hours. Storm totals up to 20 inches across the eastern section.
Turks and Caicos: four to eight additional inches.
Southeast Bahamas: one to four inches
Homes are flooded on Salinas Beach after the passing of Hurricane Fiona in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Monday, September 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Alejandro Granadillo)
Heavy rains and life-threatening localized flash flooding continue over sectors of the Dominican Republic today.
CYCLONIC TIDE: The combination of cyclonic surge and high tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to flood as increased waters moving inland from the coast.
Cyclonic surge could increase water levels to five to eight feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast in coastal wind areas in Turks and Caicos through today.
HANGOVER: Fiona-generated tides are affecting the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the north coast of Hispainola, Turks and Caicos, and the southeast Bahamas. These high winds will continue to extend westward across the southwest Atlantic toward the central and northwest Bahamas and the east coast of the United States through midweek. High tide could cause life-threatening hangover conditions and offshore currents.