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TROPICAL CYCLONE ALERT STATEMENT #2 – TS FIONA

Published 16 September 2022

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Buckie Got It, St.Kitts and Nevis News Source  


TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING STATEMENT
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TROPICAL STORM FIONA WARNING STATEMENT ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES 11:00 PM ECT THU, SEP 15, 2022


THIS IS FOR ST KITTS AND NEVIS


A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ANTIGUA BARBUDA, ST. KITTS, NEVIS, MONTSERRAT AND ANGUILLA.
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE SPECIFIED AREA, IN THIS CASE, WITHIN 24 HOURS.


BASED ON THE LATEST INFORMATION, TROPICAL STORM FIONA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TROPICAL CYCLONE IMPACTS OVER THE ISLANDS IN THE SPECIFIED AREA; HENCE, RESIDENTS IN THESE ISLAND TERRITORIES ARE ADVISED TO TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO SAVE LIFE AND PROPERTY.


AT 11:00 PM AST (0300 UTC), THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM FIONA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 16.0 NORTH, LONGITUDE 56.9 WEST OR 395 MILES EAST -SOUTHEAST OF ST. KITTS/NEVIS.

FIONA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 14 MPH (22 KM/H). A WESTWARD MOTION WITH SOME DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT, WITH A TURN TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST POSSIBLE ON SUNDAY.
ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CENTER OF FIONA IS EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE LEEWARD ISLANDS FRIDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY, AND MOVE NEAR THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO LATE SATURDAY INTO SUNDAY.


MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 60 MPH (95 KM/H) WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SLIGHT STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS.


TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES (220 KM) MAINLY TO THE NORTH OF THE CENTER.
THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1006 MB (29.71 INCHES).


BASED ON THE LATEST FORECAST TRACK INFORMATION, TROPICAL STORM FIONA IS EXPECTED TO PASS SOUTH OF ST. KITTS/NEVIS TOMORROW NIGHT. THIS MEANS THAT THESE ISLANDS WILL BE EXPOSED TO THE STRONGEST WINDS IN THE NORTHEASTERN QUADRANT OF THE STORM; THEREFORE, TROPICAL CYCLONE IMPACTS THAT ARE NOW EXPECTED TO AFFECT THE AREA INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
WINDS: 30 TO 50 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. THESE WINDS COULD CAUSE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS FROM FLYING DEBRIS AND DAMAGES TO SOME INFRASTRUCTURES.
RAINFALL: RAINFALL ACCUMULATION OF 2 TO 6 INCHES COULD PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING IN LOW LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS AND MUDSLIDES. HENCE RESIDENTS SHOULD MOVE TO A SAFER LOCATION UNTIL THE STORM PASSES.


SEAS: SEAS REACHING BETWEEN 8 TO 14 FEET IN THE MIDST OF STORM SURGE COULD PRODUCE LARGE BATTERING WAVES AND RIP CURRENTS WHICH ARE HAZARDOUS TO BEACH – GOERS. MARINE ADVISORIES HAVE NOW BEEN ISSUED. MARINERS SHOULD STAY IN PORT AND SEEK SAFE ANCHORAGE WHILE BEACH GOERS ARE ADVISED TO AVOID THE WATERS.

RESIDENTS OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS AND BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS SHOULD CONTINUE TO CLOSELY MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM AND ENSURE THAT YOUR HURRICANE PLANS ARE IN PLACE.


FORECASTER

LENARD JOSIAH

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