Hurricane Fiona intensifies after hammering Puerto Rico

Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 10:05 AM EDT
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Hurricane Fiona made its second landfall in the Dominican Republic on Monday, but forecast models continue to keep the system well east of Florida.

According to Monday's 11 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, Fiona has strengthened and is packing maximum sustained winds near 110 miles per hour. It's moving north-northwest near 10 miles per hour.

Catastrophic and life-threatening flooding is continuing in the eastern portions of the Dominican Republic, the NHC said.

No deaths have been reported, but authorities said it was too early to estimate the damage from a storm that was still forecast to unleash torrential rain across Puerto Rico on Monday.

Most of Puerto Rico is without power.

Up to 30 inches of rain was forecast for the island’s eastern and southern regions.

The latest forecast track has the center of the storm passing near easternmost Turks and Caicos late tonight or early Tuesday.

Additional strengthening is expected during the next couple of days, and Fiona is forecast to become a major hurricane later tonight or on Tuesday.

"It looks like the storm system is going to stay roughly 500 miles to our east," said WPTV First Alert Weather meteorologist Steve Villanueva. "Computer models are in very good agreement, taking this system just to the west of Bermuda and then up towards Canada."

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Turks and Caicos.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabi Caucedo to Puerto Plata.

Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Southeastern Bahamas, including the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, Mayaguana, and the Ragged Islands.

Fiona is the third hurricane of the season.

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