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

Travel Alert September 2022: Tropical Storm Fiona to Affect Eastern Caribbean Islands

Put that piña colada down for a moment...

If the eastern islands of the Caribbean Sea 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 Tropical Storm Fiona, whose first landfall could occur as soon as the evening of Friday, September 16, 2022.

Travel Alert September 2022: Tropical Storm Fiona to Affect Eastern Caribbean Islands

Tropical Storm 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 335 miles east southeast of the Leeward Islands and is moving west at 15 miles per hour — are 60 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Fiona is not expected to strengthen to a hurricane in the foreseeable future — although it may gain hurricane strength over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean once it reaches the eastern Bahama islands.

In terms of rainfall which is forecast as a result of this tropical storm, as much as:

    • Six inches of rain could fall in the Leeward Islands, the British Virgin Islands, the United States Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico
    • Ten inches of rain could fall across eastern Puerto Rico
    • Twelve inches of rain could fall in eastern Hispaniola

In addition to strong gusty winds, a storm surge could produce coastal flooding and large and destructive waves near where the center passes the coasts in areas of onshore winds.

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 tropical storm warning is currently in effect from:
    • Antigua, Barbuda, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, and Anguilla
    • Saba and Saint Eustatius
    • Sint Maarten
    • Guadeloupe, Saint Barthelemy, and Saint Martin
  • A tropical storm watch is currently in effect from:
    • Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra
    • United States Virgin Islands
    • British Virgin Islands

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from, or within the eastern islands of the Caribbean Sea 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.

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