...POWERFUL HURRICANE FIONA HEADED NORTHWARD...

...POWERFUL HURRICANE FIONA HEADED NORTHWARD...

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Hurricane Fiona Advisory Number  29

NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL072022

1100 AM EDT Wed Sep 21 2022

SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION

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LOCATION...24.6N 71.7W

ABOUT 675 MI...1090 KM SW OF BERMUDA

ABOUT 1455 MI...2340 KM SSW OF HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...130 MPH...215 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 0 DEGREES AT 8 MPH...13 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...937 MB...27.67 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...

* Bermuda

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* Bermuda

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours

before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

Interests in Atlantic Canada should monitor the progress of this system.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK

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wind_history.pngAt 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Fiona was located near latitude 24.6 North, longitude 71.7 West. Fiona is moving toward the north near 8 mph (13 km/h). This general motion is expected to continue through this evening. A turn toward the north-northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected by Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Fiona will continue to move away from the Turks and Caicos today, approach Bermuda late on Thursday and approach Atlantic Canada late Friday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts. Fiona is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some additional strengthening is forecast through tonight, with some fluctuations in intensity possible on Thursday. Fiona is forecast to be a hurricane-force cyclone through Saturday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 937 mb (27.67 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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WIND: Gusty winds are likely to continue over portions of the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos islands for the next few hours.

Tropical storm conditions are expected, and hurricane conditions are possible, on Bermuda by late Thursday or early Friday.

RAINFALL: Fiona is forecast to produce the following rainfall:

Turks and Caicos: Additional 1 to 2 inches.

Southeast Bahamas: 1 to 2 inches.

Bermuda: 2 to 4 inches.

Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and western Newfoundland: 3 to 6 inches, with local maximum up to 10 inches.

STORM SURGE: A storm surge will cause elevated water levels along the coast of Bermuda in areas of onshore winds beginning late Thursday. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

SURF: Swells generated by Fiona are affecting the northern coast of Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the southeastern and central Bahamas. These swells will continue to spread westward across the southwestern Atlantic toward the northwestern Bahamas and the east coast of the United States during the next day or two. Swells from Fiona are expected to reach Bermuda by late tonight. The swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.

Forecaster Pasch

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