- Forecasters are tracking Tropical Storm Gaston and other systems in the Atlantic as Hurricane Fiona heads toward Bermuda, after leaving a trail of havoc in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
The regions of the Atlantic basin will probably not have relief after the passage of Hurricane Fiona, as four more systems are being monitored by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Wednesday.
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories for Hurricane Fiona, located 605 miles (970 km) southwest of Bermuda and packing 130 mph winds, and Tropical Storm Gaston, located several hundred miles west of Bermuda. Azores, according to the 8 p.m. NHC ET.
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On the NHC’s forecast track, the center of Fiona, the third Atlantic hurricane of 2020 and so far the only force majeure one, will approach Bermuda during late Thursday and Atlantic Canada on Friday night. .
With Category 4 Hurricane Fiona set to hit Bermuda later this week, people in its deadly wake were still facing days without basic services, including much of Puerto Rico, where most were left without electricity or running water and parts of the Dominican Republic.
Although Hurricane Fiona is not expected to follow near the US East Coast, it could generate 8-10 foot onshore waves over the weekend.
Tropical Storm Gaston is the newest named system to form in the Atlantic. The storm is currently packing 65 mph winds and is located off the Azores, the archipelago in the mid-Atlantic, according to NHC.
Forecasters expect Gaston to remain a “fish storm” because it will only affect marine life, aside from some ships rerouting to avoid the storm.
But it is not yet possible to specify how two other systems that have formed off the west coast of Africa and one located north of Venezuela will behave.
A lot happening. #Fiona, #Gaston, #98L, #99L, and future #90L. As for the #Hermine race, with how things are going, future 90L might beat 98L for the name. If this is the case, 98L would then become #Ian. pic.twitter.com/iTglCjIpGo
— Isaiah Hartzell (@IsaiahHartzell2) September 22, 2022
At least one of the systems has a 90% chance of becoming a named storm as it heads into the central Caribbean Sea in the coming days.
The wave is producing downpours and electrical storms on its way across the Atlantic.
This disturbance is forecast to move west-northwestward across the southern Windward Islands today and then move into the central Caribbean Sea later this week.
The next named storm will be called Hermine, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Route of havoc in the Caribbean Sea
The succession of storms that threaten the Caribbean comes after Hurricane Fiona wreaked havoc on islands such as Guadeloupe, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
More than 1 million utility customers in the Dominican Republic had no water service as of Wednesday morning, and more than 349,000 customers were without power, according to Maj. Gen. Juan Méndez García, director of the country’s emergency operations center. . More than 610 homes in the Dominican have been destroyed and some communities left without help due to the storm, Garcia reported.
Hurricane Fiona killed at least five people in the Caribbean as it tore through the region last weekend and this week, including one in Guadeloupe, two in Puerto Rico and two in the Dominican Republic.
Fiona also lashed parts of the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday with sustained winds of nearly 125 mph, officials said. That left many areas without power, including on Grand Turk, South Caicos, Salt Cay, North Caicos and Middle Caicos, said Anya Williams, the interim governor of the islands. The authorities were able to start visiting various islands and start repairs.