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Hurricane Fiona Intermediate Advisory Number 30A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL072022
800 PM EDT Wed Sep 21 2022
...NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INVESTIGATING FIONA...
SUMMARY OF 800 PM EDT...0000 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 605 MI...970 KM SW OF BERMUDA
ABOUT 1365 MI...2195 KM SSW OF HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...130 MPH...215 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 10 DEGREES AT 9 MPH...15 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...934 MB...27.58 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours
before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force
winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
Interests in Atlantic Canada should monitor the progress of this
system. Watches may be required for portions of Atlantic Canada
For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by your national meteorological service.
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
At 800 PM EDT (0000 UTC), the center of Hurricane Fiona was located
by a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft near latitude 25.9 North,
longitude 71.4 West. Fiona is moving toward the north near 9 mph
(15 km/h). This general motion is expected to continue through this
evening. A turn toward the north-northeast with an increase in
forward speed is expected by Thursday. On the forecast track, the
center of Fiona will approach Bermuda late tomorrow, and approach
Atlantic Canada late Friday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher
gusts. Fiona is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Wind Scale. Some strengthening is forecast through
tonight, with some fluctuations in intensity possible on Thursday.
Fiona is forecast to be a hurricane-force cyclone through Saturday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from
the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195
miles (315 km).
Data from the NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the
minimum central pressure is 934 mb (27.58 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
Key messages for Hurricane Fiona can be found in the Tropical
Cyclone Discussion under AWIPS header MIATCDAT2 and WMO header
WTNT42 KNHC and on the web at hurricanes.gov/text/MIATCDAT2.shtml.
WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected, and hurricane
conditions are possible, on Bermuda by late tomorrow or early
RAINFALL: Fiona is forecast to produce the following rainfall:
Bermuda: 2 to 4 inches.
Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and western Newfoundland: 3 to 6
inches, with local maximum up to 10 inches.
Eastern Quebec: 2 to 5 inches.
New Brunswick: 1 to 3 inches.
STORM SURGE: A storm surge will cause elevated water levels along
the coast of Bermuda in areas of onshore winds beginning late
tomorrow. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large
and destructive waves.
SURF: Swells generated by Fiona are affecting the northern coast
of Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the southeastern
and central Bahamas. These swells will continue to spread westward
across the southwestern Atlantic toward the northwestern Bahamas
and the east coast of the United States during the next day or two.
Swells from Fiona are expected to reach Bermuda by late tonight.
The swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current
conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.
Next complete advisory at 1100 PM EDT.