By Stephen Nakrosis
Tropical Storm Fiona continues on a course toward the Leeward Islands, and could be near hurricane strength as it approaches the southern shore of the Dominican Republic Sunday evening or early Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Friday.
At 1 p.m. EDT, the storm was about 75 miles east of the island of Guadeloupe, moving west at 14 mph. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, according to the NHC.
The storm is expected to gradually strengthen over the next few days, the NHC said.
Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin in parts of the Leeward Islands in the next few hours, the NHC said.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect for several islands, including Antigua, Barbuda, the Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat. Tropical storm watches are in effect for Dominica and parts of the Dominican Republic coast.
On its current track, the storm is expected to move over the Leeward Islands Friday night, and will be just south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Saturday into Sunday, the NHC said.
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Corrections and Amplifications
This article was corrected at 2:37 p.m. ET because it incorrectly reported tropical storm warnings were in effect for those regions. Tropical storm watches are in effect for Dominica and parts of the Dominican Republic coast.
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