Storm Fiona hits Guadeloupe, on red alert due to heavy rain and thunderstorms

The effects of Storm Fiona were felt, Friday evening, September 16, in Guadeloupe, on the red alert for heavy rain and thunderstorms just before 6 pm (Saturday midnight Paris time). Some of the roads were already under water in the evening, especially at Basse-Terre, where the bulk of the phenomenon is expected during the night.

According to the latest report from Météo-France, The epicenter of Storm Fiona was at 6 p.m. over Guadeloupe, where high winds are expected “Up to 120 kilometers per hour” During the night, as well as heavy rain can fall ‘many floods’. Meteorologists also put the island on an orange alert due to “Strong wind” and danger ‘submerging the waves’.

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All travel should be avoided (…), You really have to stay home.” for “Avoid risk”Guadeloupe’s governor, Alexandre Rochat, insisted Friday evening in local media.

road to st louis, “that Ford already overflowed”was due to close at 6 p.m. local time, and La Traverse Road at 7 p.m. “Due to the danger of falling trees”Prefecture announced in statement Posted late Friday afternoon. Air traffic will be suspended from 7 pm until tomorrow Saturday at 12 pm. The statement added that work will resume only according to weather conditions.

Heritage Days postponed

Storm Fiona was initially supposed to touch the Guadeloupe archipelago but ‘Sent a little further south than expected’according to Météo-France, which put Martinique on orange alert for “Heavy rain and thunderstorms”.

All schools in Guadeloupe closed at noon local time, and many residents arranged the stands, busy removing potential projectiles that could cause damage under the influence of the wind.

In the island’s supermarkets, queues at checkout were long on Friday morning. In particular, customers stocked water bottles, to make up for the interruptions that often occur during bad weather.

All weekend activities, such as sports competitions or Heritage Days, have been canceled due to the arrival of the storm. Heritage Days may be postponed “at a later date”the province said Friday morning in a press release.

According to Météo-France, Fiona Formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on September 15th. And the This is the sixth tropical system this season over the Atlantic Basin.. September 16 also marks the anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, a Category 5 hurricane that devastated the island in 1989.

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