Storm Fiona: flights canceled and shops closed in Caribbean islands

Puerto Rico has set up 357 shelters with the capacity to serve up to 75,000 people on the island, which will be hit by heavy rains this Saturday.

The imminent arrival of tropical storm Fiona in the Caribbean Islands forced on Friday (09.16.2022) the closure of shops and schools and the cancellation of several flights and ferries.

Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla, Saba and Saint Eustatius, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin and the British and US Virgin Islands, in addition to Puerto Rico, are under tropical storm warning.

With maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 km/h), Fiona is the seventh storm this year in the Atlantic basin and is located about 75 miles (120 km) east of Guadeloupe.

Puerto Rico set up 357 shelters this Friday, with the capacity to serve up to 75,000 people before the arrival of Fiona, which is expected to hit the island starting tomorrow, Saturday.

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Between 4 and 10 inches of torrential rain is expected, which represents a potential danger on the coasts, in the rivers and on the land, because the terrain is highly saturated.

For its part, Antigua and Barbuda ordered schools to close, while banks stopped operating prematurely. The regional airline LIAT, based on the island, announced the cancellation of several flights.

Air and sea operations in the British Virgin Islands were also interrupted on this day, while three of the ferry companies in the area applied precautionary measures.

Also in Saint Kitts and Nevis, commercial activity ended shortly after noon and schools remained closed.

Fiona is forecast to bring rainfall of between three and six inches in the Leeward Islands, and between four and six inches in the British and US Virgin Islands.

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