Haïti - FLASH Fiona : Heavy rain, strong winds and heavy seas in Haïti
Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph (150 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected during the next few days after the hurricane emerges over the southwestern Atlantic, and Fiona is forecast to become a major hurricane by Wednesday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles(240 km).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 977 mb (28.85 inches).
Hurricane conditions are spreading across portions of the Dominican Republic within the warning area. Tropical storm conditions will continue on Puerto Rico through this morning and over portions of the Dominican Republic within the warning area through tonight.
Heavy rains from outer bands of Fiona will continue across Puerto Rico into this afternoon. The center of Fiona will persist over eastern Dominican Republic into this afternoon with heavy bands then lasting through tonight. These rainfall amounts will continue to produce life-threatening and catastrophic flooding along with mudslides and landslides across Puerto Rico. Life-threatening flash and urban flooding is likely for eastern portions of the Dominican Republic.
Fiona is forecast to strengthen after moving away from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Hurricane conditions are expected in the Turks and Caicos on Tuesday, and tropical storm conditions are expected in the southeastern Bahamas by late Monday or early Tuesday.
The UHM of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR) in concert with the General Directorate of Civil Protection and the SPGRD of the National Risk and Disaster Management Plan maintains this Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 6:00 a.m. PM the level of Yellow Vigilance (i.e. risk of impact of low to moderate intensity) in the face of threats of heavy rains, strong winds and high seas during the passage of this system from Monday to Tuesday in the region.
The SPGRD in concert with the UHM, the DGPC and the SEMANAH also asks the Haitian population to exercise caution and to stay tuned to the weather reports from the UHM and the advice of the authorities in their respective areas to know the behavior to adopt during the passage of this hurricane even
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