Hurricane Fiona is slowing over Puerto Rico with its path turning to the north. Heavy rainfall is expected to be experienced by the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Islands, with the associated potential for dangerous rainfall impacts.


Hurricane conditions are expected across portions of Puerto Rico on Sunday, and are possible across the U.S. Virgin Islands tonight. Tropical storm conditions are now spreading westward across the U.S. and British Virgin islands and will spread across Puerto Rico this evening and tonight. Tropical storm conditions will reach the Dominican Republic by late Sunday.

Heavy rains from Fiona will spread west to the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today, the Dominican Republic Sunday, and the Turks and Caicos Monday night. These rainfall amounts are expected to produce life-threatening flash floods and urban flooding, along with mudslides in areas of higher terrain, especially across portions of  Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.


  • Hurricane Fiona strengthened into a Category 3 storm and became the first major Hurricane of the season.
  • At approximately 2 p.m. on Monday September 19, the storm started to impact the Turks and Caicos, moving north-northwest at 9 mph. It was centered about 30 miles north-northeast of Grand Turks Island with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph.
  • The Government of the Bahamas discontinued all warnings for the Turks and Caicos Islands and the south-eastern Bahamas on Tuesday 20th September.


  • A number of communities were declared disaster areas by the Government of Suriname on 25th May after experiencing widespread flooding which began in March 2022
  • The districts affected were Brokopondo, Sipaliwini, Marowijne, Para, Saramacca, Coronie and Nickerie, which are all located in the interior and Southern sections of the country.
  • Following the government’s declaration on May 25th, an Inter-Ministerial Crisis Team was set up to deal with the crisis and provide assistance to the affected families. The team comprises six working groups: Shelter, Security, Health, Finance, Media and Agriculture.
  • The outlook by MET officials is for above-normal rainfall between the months of June to August 2022 and this has created major concern about continued flooding, particularly in the already affected communities.
  • Rising water due to heavy rainfall in Upper Suriname (on the southern side of the Afobaka Lake) has resulted in a number of villages in the area starting to flood.


According to the National Hurricane Centre, at 800 PM EDT (0000 UTC), the center of Hurricane Ian was located near latitude 24.4 North, longitude 83.0 West. Ian is moving toward the north-northeast near 10 mph (17 km/h). This general motion with a reduction in forward speed is forecast tonight and Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Ian is expected to pass west of the Florida Keys later tonight and approach the west coast of Florida within the hurricane warning area on Wednesday.

Ian is a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is expected tonight through Wednesday, and Ian is forecast to approach the west coast of Florida as an extremely dangerous major hurricane.


Heavy rains from Fiona will continue to produce life-threatening and catastrophic flooding along with mudslides and landslides across Puerto Rico though tonight. Life-threatening flash and urban flooding is likely for eastern portions of the Dominican Republic through early Tuesday.

Hurricane conditions are occurring across portions of the Dominican Republic within the warning area. Tropical storm conditions will continue on Puerto Rico through this afternoon and over portions of the Dominican Republic with the warning area through tonight.

As a result of heavy rain showers in the interior and southern sections of Suriname, various areas, in particular the Districts of Brokopondo, Sipaliwini, Marowijne, Para, Saramanna, Coronie and Nickerie
have been severely impacted by flooding, and some are still under water. The Government of Suriname has therefore, via the OFFICIAL GAZETTE No. 55 OF THE REPUBLIC OF SURINAME,
PRESIDENTIAL DECREE of 25 May 2022 P.B. no. 12/2022, declared the affected areas in the districts of Brokopondo, Sipaliwini, Marowijne, Para, Saramacca, Coronie and Nickerie to be disaster

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