Major Hurricane Fiona’s wind field grows as it churns toward Bermuda

Storm remains a Category 4 system

11 p.m. Fiona advisory

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hurricane Fiona continues its march toward Bermuda as the strongest storm so far this Atlantic hurricane season.

At 11 p.m., maximum sustained winds remained at 130 mph, with higher gusts. It is a Category 4 major hurricane.

Fiona was moving toward the north at 10 mph.

A north-northeastward or northeastward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected through Friday, followed by a somewhat slower northward motion beginning Friday night or Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Fiona will pass just to the west of Bermuda Thursday night, approach Nova Scotia on Friday, and move across Nova Scotia and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Saturday.

The system will stay well east of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia, but swells from the hurricane will impact the beaches Thursday. The rip current threat will also be elevated through the weekend as gusty NE winds pick up and combine with lingering swells from the hurricane as it heads to the Canadian Maritimes.

More than a half million people in Puerto Rico remained without water service three days after after Fiona slammed the U.S. territory.

Many are spending hours in lines to fill jugs from water trucks. Others scoop water from mountain runoff.

Fiona dumped roughly two feet of rain on parts of Puerto Rico before hitting the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

As of Wednesday, roughly 70% of Puerto Rican customers lacked electricity.

Fiona is the sixth named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.