PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Hurricane Fiona is now destroying the Turks and Caicos Islands. It came roaring ashore as a Category 3 storm with 115 mph max sustained wind.
Meanwhile, at least two people died in Puerto Rico due to the hurricane. Most people in the United States still don’t have electricity or running water.
Tuesday marks five years since Hurricane Maria destroyed the island.
Some of Maria’s survivors argue that Fiona’s flood damage could be even more severe. The National Hurricane Center says some parts of the territory can see more than 30 inches of rain at the end of the storm.
In the Philadelphia region, the local Hispanic community gathers for loved ones in Puerto Rico and is influenced by Fiona. A News eyewitness spoke to a woman from Cherry Hill who is still waiting to hear from many of her loved ones in Puerto Rico.
He says seeing the floods and the damage caused by Fiona is like reopening old wounds and some fear the damage could be worse this time around.
“It has been very emotional for me over the past 24 hours and I’m sure it was for everyone with family in Puerto Rico,” said Blanca Martir.
The images are devastating after Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico, causing catastrophic flooding and leaving most of the island without electricity and water.
“Most of them have generators, but their concern is what will happen if there is no gasoline for these generators,” Martir said.
Blanca Martir works at the Philadelphia branch of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. The group has been supplying medical supplies and equipment to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria struck five years ago.
Now Fiona can change the purpose of her mission in November.
“We were taking materials such as underwear, bandages and things that people could use, and now we may have to go back to flashlights, batteries and solar lamps,” Martir said.
Wanda Mora lost her 80-year-old father Jose during Hurricane Maria. She says seeing what was happening now took her back.
It feels like she’s reliving this nightmare as she works to get in touch with other loved ones, and communication on the island is still precarious.
“Some of my cousins, at least two, lost, one lost a lot and the other lost everything,” said Mora.
Many local groups are collecting information on what materials are needed in Puerto Rico today.
Wanda says she is planning a trip in two weeks to check her family and assets and find the best way to help out on the island.
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