Puerto Rico braces for approaching Tropical Storm Fiona, which may strengthen into a hurricane
Tropical Storm Fiona could strengthen into a hurricane by the time it hits Puerto Rico on Sunday, bringing with it the threats of flooding and mudslides, the latest update from the National Hurricane Center said.
The storm, already bearing down on Puerto Rico about 80 miles south of the city of Ponce, is tracking westward with sustained winds of 65 mph, and heavy rain and tropical storm-force winds are already occurring across the US Virgin Islands and much of Puerto Rico.
Fiona’s center, on the current forecast, is expected to approach Sunday morning before moving near or over southwestern Puerto Rico later this afternoon or evening.
The impacts are already being felt, with more than 90,000 customers in Puerto Rico without power as of 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday, according to PowerOutage.us. On St. Croix, a weather station at Teagues Bay reported a wind gust of 59 mph, while Henry E. Rohlsen Airport reported a wind gust of 55 mph.