Tropical Storm Warning now in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, with Fiona expected to cross Leewards on Friday night

The Government has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Antigua and Barbuda as Tropical Storm Fiona is now located fewer than 500 miles east of this country.

Forecasters say the storm is moving toward the islands at 14 mph with sustained winds of 50 mph.

The threat level of the storm, according to meteorologist Dale Destin, has moved from elevated/minor to moderate/medium, with the potential for significant impact.

On its current forecast track, the centre of Fiona is expected to move across the Leeward Islands on Friday night, September 16, and early Saturday morning, with winds lasting up to three hours after its passage. Forecasters say the storm is expected to bring 3 to 5 inches of rainfall.

Residents are advised to check their disaster-supply kit and implement their hurricane-disaster plan, Destin says.

Meanwhile, several other Caribbean islands have been placed under storm warnings: St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten.

However, a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Guadeloupe, St. Barthelemy, and St. Martin.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that storm conditions are expected within the area within 36 hours; while a Tropical Storm Watch means that conditions are possible generally within 48 hours.