Hurricane Fiona continues to make waves in the Atlantic Ocean.
People from San Juan in Puerto Rico to St. John in New Brunswick on Thursday struggled with the effects of the hurricane, seeking help amid the debris or preparing to strike.
A Category 4 storm was expected to strike Bermuda on Friday night. While Fiona may not officially land in small British territory, her 130mph winds are expected to create a massive storm surge across tiny islands.
The National Hurricane Center said Thursday afternoon that Fiona’s eye is located approximately 340 miles southwest of Bermuda. A hurricane warning has already been issued for this territory.
Canadians are also preparing for a giant storm to hit. While Fiona may not sustain her hurricane force in the cooler waters of the North Atlantic, the giant storm continues to head towards the northeastern Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
“It will be a very big storm when it lands,” said Bob Robichaud, a meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Center. “It will cover a fairly large area.”
The continental United States is expected to avoid the storm almost entirely. No states are even watching tropical storms.
But that’s a completely different story in the US territory of Puerto Rico that Fiona went through earlier this week. On Thursday, more than 60% of the people were without electricity, and about a third of the island did not have running water.
Authorities on an island of 3.2 million people said they hope to restore power to the less-hit areas by Friday morning. However, there was no hope of turning on lights in severely affected areas.
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In the northern mountain town of Caguas, many people were completely cut off by huge landslides. Roads, electricity and water are gone.
“The rocks sounded like thunder,” said 47-year-old Caguas resident Vanessa Flores. “I’ve never heard that in my life. That was awful.”
When Hurricane Maria killed nearly 3,000 people on the island in 2017, the people of Caguas were able to kick themselves out. However, the landslides caused by Hurricane Fiona made it impossible.
“I can’t put these stones over my shoulder,” said Miguel Veguilla.
Hurricane Fiona killed at least two people in Puerto Rico, two in the Dominican Republic and one in Guadeloupe. The storm’s d*ath toll is expected to increase.
President Biden, eager to improve the slow response of then-President Donald Trump to Hurricane Maria, said FEMA officials were already in place in Puerto Rico and that the federal government was “not going to leave.”
With News Wire services
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