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Hurricane Fiona broke its own record as the strongest hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season on Wednesday morning, reaching Category 4 intensity as it slowly moved away from the islands, but forecasts are now eyeing many more systems. which may pose additional dangers in the future. Day.

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Fiona’s maximum sustained winds reached 130 mph early Wednesday, with additional strengthening expected by Wednesday night.

The major storm ravaged Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos islands over the past few days, but is expected to remain out of the sea until Friday.

Fiona is forecast to transition into an extratropical cyclone by Saturday, but could bring hurricane-force winds to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and other Canadian maritime areas as it passes through the region later this week.

Another named storm—Tropical Storm Gaston—formed over the north mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, but the system is expected to move around the region with less strength during the next few days, posing no imminent threat to land.

Forecasters are also tracking three disturbances that could organize into tropical storms in the coming days – one east of the Windward Islands, one over the east central Atlantic and another in western Africa.

The Windward Island system has a 90% chance of developing as it moves into the Caribbean Sea, while the African system has a 50% chance of eventing over the next five days as it skirts the West African coast and 20 in the Mid-Atlantic Disturbance. According to the National Hurricane Center,% likely to form due to being in open water.

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Waves coming from Hurricane Fiona are expected to cause "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions" during the next day or two.

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Much of Puerto Rico remained without power or running water Wednesday morning, nearly three full days after Fiona made it there as a Category 1 hurricane. At least three people have died as a result of the storm - two in Puerto Rico and another in the French territory of Guadeloupe. Fiona hit Puerto Rico nearly five years after Hurricane Maria hit the island, becoming one of the worst natural disasters in American history. Democratic lawmakers such as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) are urging a major boost in federal funding to go toward the island's recovery.

amazing facts

After a historically slow start, the Atlantic basin has turned extremely active over the past week. Not a single named storm developed between July 3 and September 1.

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