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Odds increasing for system in Caribbean to become a major hurricane. The question: Will it hit Florida?

Shira Moolten, Robin Webb, Angie DiMichele, South Florida Sun Sentinel on

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Meanwhile, Hurricane Fiona is holding steady as a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds as of the 8 p.m. Thursday advisory. Several parts of Canada are under a hurricane watch, including Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Bermuda remained under a hurricane warning Thursday. Fiona is the first major hurricane of the 2022 season, meaning Category 3 and above.

Fiona will start to lose strength Thursday night or Friday, forecasters said in the latest advisory, but will continue to be a large, powerful system into the weekend.

Forecasters are also monitoring two other systems in the Atlantic.

“The one to watch is definitely the system moving into the southeastern Caribbean,” said Eric Blake, a forecaster for the National Hurricane Center.

A tropical wave off Africa has been given a 60% chance of developing in the next five days, possibly becoming a tropical depression by this weekend, the National Hurricane Center said. And, a broad area of low pressure in the Atlantic has a 30% chance of developing in the next five days.


Tropical Storm Gaston also maintained its strength in the open Atlantic Ocean as of the 8 p.m. Thursday advisory. The storm is expected to move over or near the Azores through early Saturday, 1,000 miles off the coast of Portugal.

Forecasters expect Gaston to weaken throughout the next few days.

Hurricane season ends Nov. 30.


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