Hurricane Fiona shuts down power in Puerto Rico
More than a million Puerto Rican people are without electricity when Hurricane Fiona left the US island and continued its journey to the Dominican Republic.
Wind speeds of 85 mph and “historic” rains were felt when a tropical storm landed on the eastern coast of Puerto Rico on Sunday, where many rivers are now heavily flooded and at least one road bridge has been crushed.
By Monday morning, more than 1.3 million homes were still without electricity because conditions were too dangerous to repair over large swaths of the island. The energy company LUMA has warned that it may take several days to fully restore power.
The storm arrived inland in the early hours of Monday in the Dominican Republic and is on track to bypass the Southeast Bahamas as well as the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday.
Overnight, U.S. President Joe Biden released an emergency disaster statement to expedite the relief process for the island, which was just days after the fifth anniversary of another major hurricane that caused thousands of deaths in 2017 and the collapse of critical infrastructure energy.
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Ethan FreedmanSeptember 19, 2022 3:04 PM
Ethan FreedmanSeptember 19, 2022 2:52 PM
Fiona is now hitting the Dominican Republic
Hurricane Fiona landed in the Dominican Republic expecting additional damage on that island.
Up to 15 inches (38 centimeters) of precipitation is projected in some parts of the island, with storm waves three to five feet long and hurricane-force winds.
Ethan FreedmanSeptember 19, 2022 2:43 PM
Energy company LUMA says some areas are starting to be “re-powered” after the entire island of Puerto Rico lost energy in a storm.
According to a LUMA tweet, 100,000 people have been restored by this morning – but after 1.3 million customers who have lost their energy, there is still a lot of work to do.
Ethan FreedmanSeptember 19, 2022 14:31
Assessment of damages in the Caribbean
Hurricane Fiona has devastated some of the smaller islands in the eastern Caribbean and Puerto Rico. French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron tweeted that he had recognized a “state of natural disaster” on the island of Guadeloupe, a French overseas region.
Ethan FreedmanSeptember 19, 2022 14:21
Bahamas, Bermuda likely to be hit
Hurricane Fiona is projected to turn north, crossing the Dominican Republic, bringing it back to the Atlantic.
From there, the storm is expected to approach the southeastern tip of the Bahamas before moving parallel to the east coast of the United States as far as Bermuda.
Fiona could hit Bermuda on Thursday, when it is predicted to be an almost Category 4 storm.
Ethan FreedmanSeptember 19, 2022 14:11
The essence of the cyclone-shaped storm is visible in satellite imagery as Fiona hits the Dominican Republic this morning
Ethan FreedmanSeptember 19, 2022 13:59
More than 1.3 million Puerto Ricans still without electricity
There is growing concern that millions of Puerto Ricans may be left without electricity for days after Hurricane Fiona.
According to PowerOutage.US, more than 1.3 million homes were still without electricity as of Monday morning – down from around 3.3 million just after the storm swept over the island.
Conditions remain too dangerous for crews to begin restoring power over large swaths of the island that have been hit by as much as 30-inch rain in some areas within hours.
Energy company LUMA warned on Sunday that it could take several days to fully restore power under “incredibly difficult” conditions for repair workers.
Megan SheetsSeptember 19, 2022 1:40 PM
Fiona lands in the Dominican Republic
Hurricane Fiona landed on the east coast of the Dominican Republic early Monday morning after it hit Puerto Rico with up to 30-inch rain.
The island nation prepares for strong winds and heavy rains all Monday, before skipping the southeastern Bahamas as well as the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday.
By continuing on her path, Fiona could pose a serious threat to Bermuda and could step into parts of Atlantic Canada later this week. Tracking near the US East Coast is not planned.
Megan SheetsSeptember 19, 2022 1:12 PM
Fiona destroys the bridge rebuilt after the 2017 hurricane
The metal bridge in Puerto Rico, which was built after the devastating Hurricane Maria in 2017, was again destroyed by Hurricane Fiona.
Videos shared by reporters, observers and local politicians showed that the Puerto Rico highway 123 bridge in the city of Utuado had been torn from its berths and washed downstream by rising flood waters.
Some videos showed metal railings on the side of the road, attached to a bridge, lifted from the ground, and dragged behind them.
The video shows a bridge breaking in Puerto Rico as Hurricane Fiona causes floods
A metal structure was erected in 2018 to replace the bridge destroyed by Hurricane Maria. in 2017
Gino SpocchiaSeptember 19, 2022 12:30