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Tropical Storm Fiona is expected to become a hurricane next week

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Fiona was about 75 miles east of Guadeloupe as of 5 p.m. Friday. The storm is currently moving west at 14 mph and has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

16 Sep (News) — The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning for both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as Tropical Storm Fiona heads toward the Caribbean.

While it’s just a tropical storm now, the NHC predicts it will strengthen into a hurricane next week.

The storm is expected to move south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico this weekend, making landfall on the Dominican Republic’s south coast Sunday evening and early Monday.

Rain is expected to be one of the storm’s biggest concerns, according to the NHC. Four to eight inches of rain is forecast for Puerto Rico, with up to 12 inches possible in eastern and southern Puerto Rico.

The eastern portion of the Dominican Republic is expected to receive 6 to 10 inches of rain, with up to 16 inches possible in some areas.

“These rains can cause torrential downpours and flooding in cities, as well as mudslides in areas of higher terrain, particularly in southern and eastern Puerto Rico and eastern Dominican Republic,” the NHC said. “Local coastal flooding is also possible elsewhere in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.”

It’s not yet clear whether the storm will hit Florida or the mainland United States.

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