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Powerful Fiona remains a major hurricane

The storm is the strongest hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic season.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Hurricane Fiona continues to be a powerful storm in the Atlantic. The Category 4 storm is the strongest hurricane of the 2022 season, and it is the first major hurricane of the year. There are three other areas in the Atlantic being watched and one other named storm.

Hurricane Fiona had winds of 130 mph with gusts up to 160. It was moving to the north at 10 mph. The storm is now a powerful Category 4 hurricane. Little change in intensity is expected over the next 24 hours while Fiona remains over warm waters.

Fiona is forecast to stay away from the continental U.S., but the Bermuda Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning for Bermuda. Hurricane conditions are possible, and tropical storm conditions are expected, for Bermuda beginning this evening and continuing through tomorrow morning.

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Large swells generated by Fiona are expected to cause dangerous and possibly life-threatening surf and rip current conditions along the east coast of the U.S.

There are four other areas being tracked in the tropics.

Tropical Storm Gaston is in the northern Atlantic. It is forecast to meander out there for a few days. There are no watches or warnings in effect for Gaston.

Showers and thunderstorms continue in association with a tropical wave located over the far southeastern Caribbean Sea. Upper-level winds are currently inhibiting development, but the upper-level wind pattern ahead of the system is forecast to become a little more favorable in a couple of days, and a tropical depression is likely to form at that time. 

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The disturbance is forecast to move west-northwest across the eastern Caribbean Sea during the next day or two and be over the central Caribbean Sea this weekend. 

Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds are likely to affect the Windward Islands this today. These impacts are likely to spread to northern Venezuela, northeastern Colombia, and the ABC island chain during the next couple of days.

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The two other areas in the Atlantic are in the eastern tropical Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center gives these areas a low and a medium chance of further development.

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