A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible somewhere within the watch area within 36 hours, in this case within 24 hours.
The centre of Tropical Storm Fiona has been wobbling slightly south and as a result a Tropical Storm Watch is being issued.
Location at 5:00AM: 15.7 North, 58.1 West or about 215 miles ENE of Dominica
Movement: West at 15mph (24km/h)
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (200km) NE from the centre and about 100 miles (161km) SE. The system is expected to pass approximately 50 miles to the north of Dominica tonight.
- Sustained winds to tropical storm force, particularly over the northern half of Dominica
- Increase in rainfall and thunderstorm activity particularly during this afternoon
- Rainfall amount between 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100mm) with higher amounts in elevated areas
- Winds gusting to tropical storm force particularly over the northern half of Dominica
- Seas up to 12.0ft on the northern through eastern coastline today with swells occurring on the western coast tonight
- Flash flooding of rivers, ravines and streams and settlements and roads near to or along their banks
- Flooding of low-lying bridges
- Landslides and rock falls from overhanging cliffs
- Dangerous sea conditions for sea-bathers and mariners
- Coastal flooding in low-lying areas
- Loose objects become missiles in gusty winds
- Small trees can become uprooted
- Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to remain extremely vigilant and to exercise caution as life threatening flash flooding is possible.
- Small-craft operators along the northern through eastern coastline should secure vessels
- People living near the coast are advised to be vigilant. Sea-bathers should stay out of the water. A Small Craft Warning and a High Surf Advisory are in effect
- A Flood Watch or Warning may be required during the afternoon
Take all precautionary measures to protect life and property tomorrow into Saturday.
The next Bulletin will be issued by the Meteorological Service at 12 noon.