(Reuters) – Tropical storm Fiona gained strength on Saturday as it headed toward Puerto Rico, prompting the National Hurricane Center (NHC) to issue a hurricane warning for the U.S. territory and watches for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
One man was found dead in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, after heavy rains from the massive storm swept away his house in the Basse-Terre district, according to local authorities.
The storm was located about 90 miles (145 km) southeast of St Croix with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph), according to NHC. It was expected to become a hurricane on Sunday and into Sunday night, as it moved near Puerto Rico.
The island was braced for up to 12-inches (30.5 cm) of rain and high winds that could bring flooding, mudslides and power outages.
“Hurricane conditions are expected across portions of Puerto Rico Sunday and Sunday night, and are possible across the U.S. Virgin Islands (Saturday night) and Sunday,” NHC said.
Heavy rains from Fiona were also due to spread to the Dominican Republican on Sunday and to the Turks and Caicos Islands on Monday night.
(Reporting by David Morgan in Washington, Editing by Franklin Paul)
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