Tropical Storm watch in effect for Antigua and Barbuda




A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…

* Saba and St. Eustatius

* St. Maarten

* Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, and Anguilla


A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are

possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.


Interests elsewhere in the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin

Islands, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola should monitor the progress of

this system. Additional tropical storm watches or warnings will

likely be required for portions of these areas later today.


For storm information specific to your area, please monitor

products issued by your national meteorological service.





At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Fiona was

located near latitude 16.6 North, longitude 53.0 West. Fiona is

moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h), and this general

motion is expected to continue for the next several days. On the

forecast track, the center of Fiona is forecast to move through the

Leeward Islands late Friday and Friday night, and move near the

Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico this weekend.


Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.

Little change in strength is forecast during the next few days.


Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km)

east of the center.


The estimated minimum central pressure is 1002 mb (29.59 inches).





WIND: Tropical storm conditions are possible across portions of the

northern Leeward Islands by Friday night, where a Tropical Storm

Watch is in effect.


RAINFALL: Fiona is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations

of 3 to 6 inches with isolated higher amounts across the northern

Leeward Islands, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

and eastern Hispaniola.  These rains may produce flash and urban

flooding, along with isolated mudslides in areas of higher terrain.


SURF:  Swells generated by Fiona are expected to begin affecting the

northern Leeward Islands by early Friday. These swells could cause

life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult

products from your local weather office.





Next intermediate advisory at 800 AM AST.

Next complete advisory at 1100 AM AST.

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