Hurricane Fiona
Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Travel Alert September 2022: Hurricane Fiona Impacts Southeastern Bahamas, Turks and Caicos

Bermuda will be next.

If the southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands are in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to Hurricane Fiona, with which three landfalls have already occurred.

Travel Alert September 2022: Hurricane Fiona Impacts Southeastern Bahamas, Turks and Caicos

Hurricane Fiona
Source: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this tropical storm system — which is currently centered approximately 130 miles southeast of Grand Turk Island and is moving northwest at ten miles per hour — are 105 miles per hour, which means that it is classified as a Category 2 hurricane and it continues to strengthen.

Landfalls of Hurricane Fiona occurred:

  • In Guadeloupe as a strong tropical storm on the evening of Friday, September 16, 2022
  • Along the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico near Punta Tocon between the municipalities of Lajas and Cabo Rojo as a Category 1 hurricane on the afternoon of Sunday, September 18, 2022
  • In the Dominican Republic near Boca de Yuma as a strong Category 1 hurricane early in the morning of Monday, September 19, 2022

The entire island of Puerto Rico is without electric power, as some local areas received greater than 30 inches of rain, which resulted in mudslides, landslides, and what is being described as catastrophic flooding.

Messages were posted on Twitter with photographs and videos which show just how powerful and destructive was Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

One reason why Hurricane Fiona became a hurricane sooner than was originally forecast is because of the warm temperature of the water in the Caribbean Sea, which was basically undisturbed by other tropical storm systems this year. Tropical storms and hurricanes draw their energy from warm water, which cools once the tropical system moves on. Because no named storms formed in the Atlantic Basin in August of 2022 — which is extremely rare — the temperature of the water did not cool.

Hurricane Fiona is expected to strengthen to a major hurricane after passing the southeastern Bahama islands as it turns out towards the Atlantic Ocean and heads towards Bermuda, which could be affected by this storm as soon as the evening of Thursday, September 22, 2022.

The surf in many areas of the eastern Caribbean islands could still be rough enough to threaten the lives of unsuspecting swimmers — especially with strong rip currents.

Official Warnings and Watches

The following official warnings were issued by the National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States:

  • A hurricane warning is currently in effect for:
    • Turks and Caicos
  • A hurricane watch is currently in effect for:
    • The coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Caucedo to Puerto Plata
  • A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for:
    • North coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Frances Viejo westward to Puerto Plata
    • Southeastern Bahamas — including the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, Mayaguana, and the Ragged Islands

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from, or within southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Here are eight airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

Final Boarding Call

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!