Tropical storm Fiona.

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Tropical Storm Fiona has remained with little change in organization and intensity

, moving on a course close to the west, approaching the Lesser Antilles.

At eleven in the morning, the center of the tropical storm was located at 16.0 degrees North latitude and 59.4 degrees West longitude, about 215 kilometers east of the island of Guadalupe, in the Lesser Antilles.

It has maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour with higher gusts and a minimum pressure of 1005 hectoPascal.

It is moving west at 22 kilometers per hour.

It is forecast that, in the next few hours, this tropical organism will continue with little variation in its intensity and have a gradual decrease in its translation speed, as it moves west until Saturday night.

As of Sunday, it should tilt its course to the west-northwest.

The center of Fiona is expected to move across the northern group of the Lesser Antilles tonight and early Saturday morning.

It will be found near or south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, from Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

With this forecast trajectory, it is expected to approach the extreme east of the Dominican Republic from Sunday night and early morning and could then tilt its course to the northwest, as it moves over land, to reach the seas north of Hispaniola. somewhat weaker in the early hours of Tuesday the 20th.

If the forecast trajectory is maintained,

the most important thing for Cuba would be an increase in rainfall for the eastern region and the beginning of tidal waves on the northeastern coast at the beginning of next week

, which will be seen in the short term and will be contained in Tropical Cyclone Warnings.

Given the time of year and the proximity to Cuba that this tropical cyclone system could have, the Forecast Center of the Institute of Meteorology maintains a close watch on the evolution of this meteorological situation.