Fiona now a Category 1 hurricane

Tropical Storm Fiona is now a Category 1 hurricane.

In its 11 a.m. update, the National Hurricane Center said the center of Hurricane Fiona was located near latitude 17.3 north and longitude 66.5 west.

Fiona is moving west-northwest at almost 13 km/h.

A northwestward movement is expected to begin later in the day and continue through Monday, followed by a north-northwestward turn Tuesday.

On the forecast track, the center of Fiona will approach Puerto Rico this morning, and will move near or over Puerto Rico this afternoon or evening. Fiona will then move near the northern coast of the Dominican Republic tonight and Monday, and near or east of the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds increased to nearly 80 mph (130 km/h) with stronger gusts. Further strengthening is expected over the next 48 hours as Fiona moves near Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and over the southwest Atlantic.

Watches and Warnings The hurricane watch for the US Virgin Islands is discontinued.

A hurricane warning is in effect for:

Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra

The coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Caucedo to Cabo Frances Viejo

A hurricane watch is in effect for:

North coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Frances Viejo west to Puerto Plata

A tropical storm warning is in effect for:

US Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands

North coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Frances Viejo west to Puerto Plata

A tropical storm watch is in effect for:

South coast of the Dominican Republic west of Cabo Caucedo in Barahona

Turks and Caicos Islands

Southeast Bahamas including the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, Mayaguana and the Ragged Islands