Weather Alert Tropical Storm Fiona

Location: Turks and Caicos Islands, Southern Islands of the Bahamas

Event:  The National Hurricane Center advises Tropical Storm Fiona is forecasted to impact the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southern islands of the Bahamas.  TS Fiona is presently located 175 miles east of Guadeloupe and moving in a westward motion.  TS Fiona currently has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 km/h) and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km) from the center.

Heavy rains and wind from TS Fiona are predicted to reach the Turks and Caicos Islands by Monday night or Tuesday morning. TS Fiona is currently forecast to produce 4 to 8 inches of rainfall in Turks and Caicos.  This rainfall may produce considerable flood impacts, including flash and urban flooding, along with mudslides in areas of higher terrain.

Swells generated by TS Fiona are currently impacting the Leeward Islands and are expected to spread westward over the weekend.  These conditions could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

TS Fiona is a developing storm and all residents are encouraged to closely monitor the storm’s path and intensity at www.hurricanes.gov as slight shifts in the storm track can change the predicted areas of impact.

Actions to Take:

·         Ensure you have sufficient supply of prescription medications and potable water on hand.

·         Monitor the National Hurricane Center website and local news for the latest forecast.

·         Review local and emergency management organizations for information on emergency preparedness.

The U.S. Embassy advises all U.S. citizens living in and/or visiting this region to take certain basic precautions in preparation for a possible storm.

Supplies and Preparation: 

If you are living in this region:  Ensure your supplies of food, water, medications, and other essential items are secured.   Check your generators; cut down any dead foliage and remove any debris around your home; secure any items that could become dangerous flying objects (patio furniture, umbrellas, barbeques, etc.); secure your house.  Upper floors in high-rise buildings are at increased risk of windows being blown out, due to the fact that wind speed increases with height.

If you are a tourist: Talk to your hotel front desk to learn about the hotel’s emergency plan for a storm. Notify your family and friends of your whereabouts and your plans until the storm passes.  Be sure to have an adequate supply of necessary prescriptions and medications on hand.

During the Storm: 

Do not go outside, as flying debris is lethal;

Do not watch the storm from beaches as storm surge, riptides, and rogue waves are hazardous;

Stay inside in an interior room of your residence (bathroom, large closet, or pantry).  Choose a room with little or no windows that is located away from the exterior wall of the residence;

Stay off your home/cell phone and radio.  Keep all means of communication available for an emergency;

If a member of your family sustains an injury during the storm, report the injury and degree of severity to the local authorities as soon as possible.

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas

#42 Queen Street

Nassau, The Bahamas

Emergencies: 1-242-322-1181

Non-Emergency inquiries: ACSNassau@state.gov

Website: https://bs.usembassy.gov/ or follow on Twitter and Facebook

Contact the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs

1-888-407-4747 toll-free from the United States and Canada

1-202-501-4444 from other countries or follow on Twitter and Facebook