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A home was submerged in floodwaters brought on by Hurricane Fiona in Cay, Puerto Rico, on Sunday.

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A home was submerged in floodwaters brought on by Hurricane Fiona in Cay, Puerto Rico, on Sunday.

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Hurricane Fiona made landfall within the Dominican Republic Monday morning, with tens of millions in Puerto Rico going through flash floods, mudslides and an island-wide blackout.

The Nationwide Hurricane Heart has warned {that a} Class 1 hurricane is transferring into the Atlantic Ocean and is more likely to intensify. Fiona, which is touring with most winds of 100 mph, is anticipated close to or east of the Turks and Caicos Islands early Monday evening.

In Puerto Rico, full The extent of the harm stays unclear because the storm dumped torrential rain throughout many of the island, inflicting large flooding and landslides. Island officers mentioned some roads, bridges and different infrastructure have been broken or washed away on account of the rain.

Many of the island remains to be with out energy, in keeping with utility firm reviews tracked by PowerOutage.us. Additionally, greater than 775,000 residents don’t have entry to wash water.

The most recent hurricane to hit US soil, Fiona struck two days earlier than Maria’s fifth anniversary, a devastating storm that killed greater than 3,000 folks and practically destroyed the island’s electrical system.

On Monday, Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi described the harm to island housing and fragile infrastructure from the Class 1 storm as “catastrophic.”

“In lots of areas, the flooding was worse than what we noticed throughout Hurricane Maria,” Pierluisi mentioned throughout a information convention.

“To this point we’ve had about 30 inches of rain, even in areas the place they haven’t skilled flooding earlier than,” he added.

Heavy rains and life-threatening flood dangers are anticipated to final by way of Tuesday, in keeping with the Nationwide Climate Service. Saturation will even “proceed to trigger mudslides and rockfalls in steep terrain areas.”

Fiona’s robust winds and subsequent flooding of rain disrupted the island’s energy grid, inflicting energy outages on the island. Officers mentioned it will take a number of days to totally restore service to over 1,000,000 residents.

Shortly after the hurricane struck on Sunday, Pierluisi mentioned restoring the whole grid could be “a matter of days” moderately than months — a reference to the long-running energy restoration after Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Since then, the island’s power crews have been in a position to restore electrical energy to about 100,000 clients who reside within the northeast close to the capital, San Juan, Luma Power, the island’s electrical energy firm, wrote on Fb.

President Biden accepted an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico on Sunday, permitting the Division of Homeland Safety and the Federal Emergency Administration Company to coordinate catastrophe reduction efforts.

Adrian Florido contributed reporting.


A employee cuts an electrical pole that was introduced down by Hurricane Fiona whereas blocking a highway in Caye, Puerto Rico, Sunday.

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A employee cuts an electrical pole that was introduced down by Hurricane Fiona whereas blocking a highway in Caye, Puerto Rico, Sunday.

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Nelson Sereno’s residence stands with its roof torn off by Hurricane Fiona’s winds in Luisa, Puerto Rico, on Sunday.

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A useless finish because of a mudslide brought on by Hurricane Fiona in Cayai, Puerto Rico.

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A useless finish because of a mudslide brought on by Hurricane Fiona in Cayai, Puerto Rico.

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A employee on the municipality of Luisa requires residents to evacuate because of impending flooding because of the rains of Hurricane Fiona in Luisa, Puerto Rico.

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A flooded highway as Hurricane Fiona handed by way of Villa Blanca, Puerto Rico.

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A flooded highway as Hurricane Fiona handed by way of Villa Blanca, Puerto Rico.

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A person stands close to a flooded highway as Hurricane Fiona passes in Villa Blanca, Puerto Rico.

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Folks clear particles from the highway after a mudslide brought on by Hurricane Fiona in Cayai, Puerto Rico.

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A river swelled by rain brought on by Hurricane Fiona rushes by way of Cayenne, Puerto Rico.

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A highway flooded by Hurricane Fiona in Cayai, Puerto Rico.

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