Hurricane Fiona targets the Turks and Caicos Islands after leaving a million people without running water in the Dominican Republic and much of Puerto Rico without electricity

Fiona, having strengthened early Tuesday for a major hurricane – a Class 3 With sustained winds of over 111 mph – centered off Grand Turk Island around 8 a.m. EDT. Its torrential rain threatened “life-threatening floods” during the afternoon in Turks and Caicos, a British territory of about 38,000 people, and the Miami-based National Hurricane Center. He said.
The Dominican Republic is still grappling with the devastated Fiona Trail — where Fiona’s outer bands are still causing flooding after traversing the Caribbean nation on Monday — and Puerto Rico, which Fiona crossed the day before, causing nearly power outages and leaving damage not seen there. Where Hurricane Maria It made landfall five years ago on Tuesday, officials said.

Nearly 800 people have been brought to safety by emergency workers in the Dominican Republic, according to the country’s director of emergency management operations, Juan Manuel Méndez. He said at least 519 people took refuge in the country’s 29 shelters on Monday.

At least four people have died due to the severe weather, including one in the French province of Guadeloupe, who was criticized by Fiona late last week; two in Puerto Rico; and one in the Dominican Republic, according to officials.

In Puerto Rico, a 58-year-old man was swept away by an overgrown river behind his home in Comerio and another man in his 30s died in a fire accident that occurred while trying to put gasoline into his generator while it was spinning. Ali, officials said.

Where does Fiona go from here is where she gets stronger

As of Monday afternoon, at least 1018,564 customers across the Dominican Republic had no access to running water as 59 aqueducts were out of service and many others were only partially operating, according to Jose Luis Germain Mejia. National Emergency Management Officer.

Emergency management officials said some were without power on Monday with 10 circuits out of power. It is unclear how many people were affected by the outage.

Fiona gets stronger as she rushes north

Fiona condense into a Class 3 A storm as it moved off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic early Tuesday. At about 8 a.m. EDT, it had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, with higher gusts, according to the Hurricane Center.

This is the first major hurricane – Category 3 or higher – of the Atlantic hurricane season this year.

“Heavy rain around central Fiona affects Turks and Caicos islands into (Tuesday) afternoon as life-threatening flooding continues,” hurricane center He said.

Those islands could see 4 to 8 inches of rain Tuesday above what they received earlier, as well as storm surges — pushing ocean waters to land — 5 to 8 feet, according to the Hurricane Center.

Hurricane conditions are likely to be seen in the Turks and Caicos Islands through Tuesday morning, and tropical storm conditions — winds of at least 39 mph — are expected to spread over southeast Panamanian territory Tuesday morning.

A boost is expected as Fiona switches from Turks and Caicos. A Category 4 storm – sustained winds of 130-156 mph – could be as early as Wednesday over the Atlantic. It is expected to pass near or west of Bermuda as early as Friday, and could remain in Category 4 when it does, forecasters say. Say.

Over the weekend, Fiona could make landfall in eastern Canada as a hurricane. It’s too early to know exactly where or how strong it is.

Fiona leaves behind a devastated Puerto Rico

Fiona’s outer bands continued to pummel Puerto Rico late Monday, as already-struggling areas plunged under dangerous flooding and devastation.

Tuesday marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria disastrousSome of those who experienced the crisis of 2017 say the devastation of the floods in Fiona could be even more severe.
Getsabel Osorio stands in her home that was destroyed by Hurricane Maria five years ago before Fiona arrived in Luisa, Puerto Rico.

Juan Miguel Gonzalez, a Puerto Rican business owner, told CNN that his neighborhood had not yet finished recovering from Maria when she hit Fiona. But this time, he says, the floods caused even deeper damage to their homes.

“A lot of people – more than (through) Maria – have lost their homes now … have lost everything in their homes to the floods,” Gonzalez told CNN on Monday. “Maria’s wind was stormy. But this wind, with all the rain, destroyed everything in the house.”

Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi told CNN Monday night that most of the damage to the island is rain-related.

More than 1.18 million of the 1.47 million utility customers were still without power as of early Tuesday, according to estimates from PowerOutage.uswhich indicates updated information on limited restoration efforts.
Pierluisi said he hopes it will be “a matter of days” to recover energy for most customers. The company that oversees the territory’s power grid, LUMA Energy, has previously said that transmission line outages are contributing to the blackout, and on Tuesday said it had done so. Restored power to more than 280,000 customers.

Crucially, power was returned to one of Puerto Rico’s most vital medical facilities on Monday, according to the province’s health minister, Dr. Carlos Melado Lopez.

“The power system has been restored in all the hospitals in the medical center complex,” Milado said. Sunday night tweet. “Our patients are safe and receiving the medical care they need.”
A man looks at a flooded street in the Juana Matos neighborhood of Catano, Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Fiona passed.

Many of those without electricity also had no water, the governor said, as the effects of rain and flooding on filtration systems left only about 35% of customers with water service as of Monday.

Major General Jose Reyes, an assistant general in the Puerto Rican National Guard, said emergency crews were battling relentless rain to save nearly 1,000 lives as of midday Monday.

In addition to hundreds of Puerto Rican National Guard personnel helping with rescue and recovery efforts, the White House said Monday that President Joe Biden told Pierluisi during a phone call that he Federal support It will increase in the coming days.

“With damage assessments in place, the president said the number of support personnel will increase significantly,” the White House said.

New York Governor Cathy Hochhol also announced that the state will send 100 state troops to assist relief efforts in Puerto Rico. She also said that teams from the New York Energy Authority are available to help restore energy.

CNN’s Leila Santiago, CNN’s Nicky Carvajal, Robert Shackleford, Melissa Alonso, Artemis Mochtagian, Taylor Ward, Holly Yan and Jamil Lynch contributed to this report.

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