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Tropical Storm Fiona takes aim at Hispaniola

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(MIAMI, FLA) — The National Hurricane Center is tracking Tropical Storm Fiona, which has sustained winds of 60 mph due to upper level wind shear.

“The models are in pretty good agreement until they get to Puerto Rico, and then they’re just all over the place,” WPTV First Alert Meteorologist James Wieland said. “If the storm is stronger, it’s going to pull to the north a little bit quicker. If it’s weaker, it going to stay southward.”

The storm could be torn up over the mountains of the Dominican Republic.
Tropical Storm Fiona, however, is expected to gain strength as it heads toward the Caribbean this weekend.

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A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, and Anguilla
* Saba and St. Eustatius
* St. Maarten
* Guadeloupe, St. Barthelemy, and St. Martin

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra
* U.S. Virgin Islands
* British Virgin Islands
* Dominica
RAINFALL: Fiona is forecast to produce the following rainfall

Leeward Islands: 3 to 6 inches.

British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico: 4 to 6 inches with
local maximum totals of 10 inches, particularly across eastern and
southern Puerto Rico.

Eastern Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos: 4 to 8 inches with
local maximum totals of 15 inches, particularly in terrain.

These rains may produce flash and urban flooding, along with
mudslides in areas of higher terrain, particularly southern Puerto
Rico and eastern Dominican Republic.