A tropical storm watch has been issued for Dominica as TS Fiona approaches the islands.
Authorities in Dominica have also canceled school for Friday.
“As you know the focus of this government is the safety of our people and we believe that parents should keep their students home for today,” national security minister, Rayburn Blackmoore said in a statement on Friday morning. “So we are advising that there should be no school today.”
He stated this is being done out of an abundance of caution, however Friday will be a normal working day.
Blackmoore also said that people should not panic but the government has an obligation to make sure citizens are safe.
He said the tropical storm watch was issued based on advice given by weather officials on the island.
A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within a specified area within 48 hours.
At 2 am on Friday, Fiona was located 285 miles east south east of the Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour.