Hurricane Fiona swept through the Dominican Republic on Monday, the day after it hit Puerto Rico as a Category 1 storm.
Destructive winds and rainfall accompanied the hurricane, which is now spinning with winds of up to 90mph, according to an 8am update by the National Hurricane Center.
The hurricane warning is valid for the Dominican Republic coast from Cabo Caucedo to Cabo Frances Viejo as well as Turks and Caicos, and the tropical storm warning is for Puerto Rico, Dominican North Coast, Cabo Frances Viejo west to Puerto Plata and the Southeast Bahamas. including Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, Inaguas, Mayaguana, and Ragged Islands.
Fiona is expected to drop up to 10 centimeters more rain in some parts of Puerto Rico, causing catastrophic flooding, mudslides and landslides, and up to 8 centimeters more in the Dominican Republic, where the eastern half of the region may see life-threatening flash and urban flooding.
Some parts of Puerto Rico can face a flood of 30 inches of rain before the hurricane is over.
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Nearly five years after Hurricane Maria’s outbreak, PowerOutage.us says much of Puerto Rico has been darkened again and more than 1.3 million people are without electricity.
Electricity has now been restored in all hospitals at the medical center complex, but LUMA Energy, Puerto Rico’s main utility company, said Sunday the process of turning the lights back on would be slow and gradual.
“Save your life and take care of yours,” Governor Pedro Pierluisi said in a Facebook post on Monday. “Take cover in a safe place. We will continue the heavy rains all day long. “
The storm is expected to arrive towards the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday, maintaining hurricane conditions, and should then be relegated to a tropical storm.
Little or no residuals will affect the United States, according to forecasters.
One d*ath has already been reported in Basse-Terre in the French territory of Guadeloupe, where a man’s home was swept away during a flood.
Fiona is the third hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic season, after Danielle and Earl.
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