The weather is heading for better in Guadeloupe.
The vigilance in force in the region has thus returned to orange for "heavy rains and thunderstorms", after 24 hours of red vigilance following the passage of the storm Fiona, according to a bulletin published Saturday by Météo-France at 5:16 p.m. (11:16 p.m. from Paris).
However, the “heavy or even stormy precipitation continues in the evening”, underline the forecasters, in particular for Basse-Terre, already very affected by the torrential rains of the storm since Friday.
The west coast of Basse-Terre and the archipelago of Saintes also remain placed in orange vigilance "waves-submersion", according to Météo-France.
Cumulative rainfall of more than 500 mm
The passage of the storm resulted in the death of a man.
He was "carried away with his house" by the waves of a river in flood, between Friday and Saturday, the prefecture said on Saturday.
Over the entire duration of the episode, the accumulations of rain reached more than 500 mm in places and could "reach 600 mm or even more locally", explains Météo-France in its bulletin.
The improvement should occur this Sunday for the archipelago, while moving away from its coast Fiona should strengthen and go from storm to hurricane overnight.
The sixth tropical system of the season over the Atlantic basin, storm Fiona, which formed Thursday in the center of the ocean, is now heading south of Puerto Rico.
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