Fiona to bring swells to the east coast

FORMED. WE WILL BE WATCHING THIS ONE CLOSELY. >> IS A SLOW DEVELOPMENT OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. RIGHT NOW IT IS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION. HURRICANE HUNTERS ARE IN ROUTE TO SEE IF THEY HAVE STRONGER WIND TO UPGRADED TO A TROPICAL STORM. THE LATEST PATH SAYS IT IS GOING TO BECOME A TROPICAL STORM LATER ON TODAY. IT HOLDS THAT SAME STRENGTH THERE ABOUT SATURDAY AND THEN SUNDAY CONTINUES TO GAIN STRENGTH AS IT MOVES TOWARDS THE NORTH AND NORTHWEST INTO A MORE FAVORABLE ENVIRONMENT BY MONDAY MORNING TURNING INTO A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE. AS HE CONTINUES TO LIFT UP BY MONDAY NIGHT AND INTO TUESDAY STRENGTHENING INTO A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE. IN Q WITH WINDS OF 105 MILES PER HOUR. WAS IT MOVES AWAY FROM CUBA AND THIS IS WHERE HE NEEDS TO WATCH BUT WE NEED TO WATCH THE PATH. CENTRAL FLORIDA IS IN THIS PACK AND ALSO SOUTH FLORIDA. WE ARE NOT CERTAIN WHERE THE IMPACT OF THE STORM IS GOING TO GO. TWO MAJOR MODELS HERE. BOTH OF THESE ARE SAYING BY THE WEEKEND, EXPECT IT TO STRENGTHEN. ON MONDAY AS IT APPROACHES CUBA, IT CUTS THROUGH CUBA AND MOVES TOWARD FLORIDA AND THEN EVENTUALLY PASS INTO SOUTH FLORIDA WHILE THIS MY SAYING I’M GOING TO GO INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO AND THEN BY WEDNESDAY I’M GOING TO DECIDE TO MAKE THE HARD NORTHEASTERN INTO TAMPA BAY CENTRAL FLORIDA. STILL TRYING TO FIND — FINE-TUNE A LOT OF THESE DETAILS. THIS SOLUTION WOULD MEAN WE WOULD GET THE BRUNT OF THE STORM. THE EUROPEAN ONE IS SHOWING SOME WIND BUT THE BRUNT OF THE STORM WILL STAY INTO SOUTH FLORIDA. IT IS SOMETHING WE ARE GOING TO WATCH AND HONE IN OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. WE ARE THINKING IT COULD BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION LATER TODAY. WE ARE WATCHING AND SEEING WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT WEEK. ANY NEW INFORMATION, WE WILL LET YOU KNOW. EARLY THIS MORNING IT IS A BEAUTIFUL START TO OUR FRIDAY MORNING. WE SEE A LOT OF ACTIVITY POPPING UP. IT IS A COLD FRONT. WE SEE THE FRONT RACING THROUGH CENTRAL FLORIDA. IT WILL SEE A FEW SHOWERS LATER THIS AFTERNOON. WATCH OUT FOR A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS. IT IS A NICE DAY TO SPEND OUTSIDE. MOSTLY SUNNY CONDITIONS

Hurricane Fiona to bring rough surf, swells to the east coast

Hurricane Fiona remained a powerful Category 3 storm Friday. As of 7 am, the storm was located 155 miles northwest of Bermuda and 765 miles south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Fiona had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph and was moving north-northeast at 25 mph. Tropical Depression 9 forms, could hit Florida as a hurricane next week Swells from Hurricane Fiona will continue to spread westward towards the east coast of the United States. The National Hurricane Center says that could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. “A north-northeast or northeastward motion with an additional increase in forward speed is expected today. Some reduction in forward speed with a turn toward the north is forecast tonight through Sunday. On the forecast track, the center of Fiona will pass to the northwest of Bermuda during the next few hours. Fiona’s center will then approach Nova Scotia later today, move across Nova Scotia and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Saturday, and then across Labrador over the Labrador Sea on Sunday,” the NHC said.SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…* Bermuda* Nova Scotia from Hubbards to Brule* Prince Edward Island* Isle-de-la-Madeleine* Newfoundland from Parson’s Pond to FrancoisA Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…* St. Andrews New Brunswick to west of Hubbards Nova Scotia* West of Brule Nova Scotia to Cap Madeleine Quebec* Anticosti Island* Sheldrake Quebec to north of Parson’s Pond Newfoundland* Boat Harbor to Hare Bay Newfoundland* Francois to St Lawrence NewfoundlandA Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…* North of Boat Harbor Newfoundland to West Bay LabradorKNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUEDStay tuned to WESH 2 News, WESH.COM, or NOAA Weather Radio for storm updates. Prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything else that can be picked up by the wind. Understand hurricane forecast models and cones. Prepare to cover all windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood. Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first-aid supplies, drinking water, and medications. The WESH 2 First Warning Weather Team recommends you have these items ready before the storm strikes. Bottled water: One gallon of water per person per dayCanned food and soup, such as beans and chiliCan opener for the cans without the easy-open lidsAssemble a first-aid kitTwo weeks’ worth of prescription medicationsBaby/children’s needs, such as formula and diapersFlashlight and batteriesBattery-operated weather radioWHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUEDListen to the advice of local officials. If you are advised to evacuate, leave. Complete preparation activities. If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows. Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows. HOW YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP DURING A HURRICANE smartphone can be your best friend in a hurricane — with the right websites and apps, you can turn it into a powerful tool for guiding you through a storm’s approach, arrival and aftermath. Download the WESH 2 News app for iOS | AndroidEnable emergency alerts — if you have an iPhone, select settings, then go into notifications. From there, look for government alerts and enable emergency alerts. If you have an Android phone, from the home page of the app, scroll to the right along the bottom and click on “settings.” On the settings menu, click on “severe weather alerts.” From the menu, select from most severe, moderate-severe, or all alerts. PET AND ANIMAL SAFETY Your pet should be a part of your family plan. If you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe space for them, could result in injury or death. Contact hotels and motels outside of your immediate area to see if they take pets. Ask friends, relatives and others outside of the affected area whether they could shelter your animal.

Hurricane Fiona remained a powerful Category 3 storm Friday.

As of 7 am, the storm was located 155 miles northwest of Bermuda and 765 miles south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Fiona had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph and was moving north-northeast at 25 mph.

Tropical Depression 9 forms, could hit Florida as a hurricane next week

Swells from Hurricane Fiona will continue to spread westward towards the east coast of the United States. The National Hurricane Center says that could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

“A north-northeast or northeastward motion with an additional increase in forward speed is expected today. Some reduction in forward speed with a turn toward the north is forecast tonight through Sunday. On the forecast track, the center of Fiona will pass to the northwest of Bermuda during the next few hours. Fiona’s center will then approach Nova Scotia later today, move across Nova Scotia and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Saturday, and then across Labrador over the Labrador Sea on Sunday,” the NHC said.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…

* Bermuda

* Nova Scotia from Hubbards to Brule

* Prince Edward Island

* Isle-de-la-Madeleine

* Newfoundland from Parson’s Pond to Francois

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…

* St. Andrews New Brunswick to west of Hubbards Nova Scotia

* West of Brule Nova Scotia to Cap Madeleine Quebec

* Anticosti Island

* Sheldrake Quebec to north of Parson’s Pond Newfoundland

* Boat Harbor to Hare Bay Newfoundland

* Francois to St Lawrence Newfoundland

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…

* North of Boat Harbor Newfoundland to West Bay Labrador

KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUED

  • Stay tuned to WESH 2 News, WESH.COM, or NOAA Weather Radio for storm updates.
  • Prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.
  • Understand hurricane forecast models and cones.
  • Prepare to cover all the windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood.
  • Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first-aid supplies, drinking water, and medications.

The WESH 2 First Warning Weather Team recommends you have these items ready before the storm strikes.

  • Bottled water: One gallon of water per person per day
  • Canned food and soup, such as beans and chili
  • Can opener for the cans without the easy-open lids
  • Assemble a first-aid kit
  • Two weeks’ worth of prescription medications
  • Baby/children’s needs, such as formula and diapers
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery-operated weather radio

WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUED

  • Listen to the advice of local officials. If you are advised to evacuate, leave.
  • Complete preparation activities
  • If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows.
  • Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows.

HOW YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP DURING A HURRICANE

A smartphone can be your best friend in a hurricane — with the right websites and apps, you can turn it into a powerful tool for guiding you through a storm’s approach, arrival and aftermath.

Download the WESH 2 News app for iOS | Android

Enable emergency alerts — if you have an iPhone, select settings, then go into notifications. From there, look for government alerts and enable emergency alerts.

If you have an Android phone, from the home page of the app, scroll to the right along the bottom and click on “settings.” On the settings menu, click on “severe weather alerts.” From the menu, select from most severe, moderate-severe, or all alerts.

PET AND ANIMAL SAFETY

Your pet should be a part of your family plan. If you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe space for them, could result in injury or death.

  • Contact hotels and motels outside of your immediate area to see if they take pets.
  • Ask friends, relatives and others outside of the affected area whether they could shelter your animal.

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