Hurricane Fiona Makes Its Way of Devastation Across the Caribbean

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Hurricane Fiona caused catastrophic damage and destruction as the deadly storm swept across the Caribbean last weekend before finally making two landfalls in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Major flooding caused by Hurricane Fiona’s torrential rains is blamed for at least one death on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, according to a local official.

The island’s Basse-Terre district was particularly hard hit, with at least one man swept to his death by raging floods.

The wrath of Hurricane Fiona also led to a complete outage of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid and plunged the island’s nearly 1.5 million customers into darkness as the tropical cyclone slowly turned south before making landfall Sunday afternoon.

in a tweet, Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisic confirmed that the power grid was failing. Since then, crews have been working to make repairs in an effort to get the network back online.

As of Monday morning, about 100,000 customers had their power back on while the effects of Hurricane Fiona were still felt in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico

Hurricane Fiona made landfall in southwestern Puerto Rico near the town of Punta Tocon at 3:20 p.m. Sunday, but the effects of the hurricane were felt across the island.

When making landfall, Hurricane Fiona was a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 85 mph, but gusts over 100 mph were also reported.

However, residents of the island began to experience the effects of Hurricane Fiona well before the storm’s landfall.

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Heavy rainfall led to major flooding in the region, as well as mudslides and landslides.

According to the TBEN Forecast Center, several communities have reported rain totals in excess of 2 feet.

Lago Cerrillos, which is north of Ponce, has collected more than 10 inches of rain in two days.

Ponce also reported a rainfall total of more than two feet.

Other impressive rain totals from the past two days were reported in Beatriz, with 20.12 inches and 18.52 inches in Coamo.

Dramatic photos posted to Twitter by the Puerto Rico National Guard show rescue efforts in parts of the island ravaged by flooding.

The National Guard urged people in low-lying areas to evacuate the area and move to higher elevations to escape the flooding.

One image also shows a man clinging to a concrete pillar to avoid being swept up by the raging rapids. Another photo happily shows the rescue of the unknown man.

Heavy rain also caused a landslide near the island’s capital, San Juan.

As a result, no injuries were reported, but local officials said the landslide swallowed a large fence, vegetation, a playground and part of a parking lot.

TBEN Weather multimedia journalist Will Nunley was in Ponce, Puerto Rico, when Hurricane Fiona swept south and west.

“This is an ongoing emergency,” Nunley said while on the ground in Ponce. “We don’t even have a full picture of the actual damage to this island yet. Because the emergency services have generally not been able to come out.”

Nunley said he has seen reports of houses being washed away and bridges collapsing.

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In one video, residents and first responders could only watch helplessly as floods destroyed a bridge in the community of Utuado, Puerto Rico.

That bridge was built five years ago after Hurricane Maria destroyed the original one in 2017, according to a tweet from Rep. Roberto Lefranc Fortuno.

Governor Pedro Pierluisi held a press conference Monday morning to provide updates on the impact Hurricane Fiona had and continues to have on the island.

Pierluisi said 128 shelters have been opened in the island’s 78 municipalities so far. He said 2,146 people and more than 250 pets are currently being helped in 113 of those shelters.

Shelters are available in the communities of Aibonito, Florida, Barceloneta and Hatillo, but so far no one has had to resort there.

In addition, 1,000 people had to be rescued in 25 municipalities, and rescues continue for people detained as a result of the effects of Hurricane Fiona.

The water supply has also been badly affected by Hurricane Fiona.

According to Pierluisi, only 30% of Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority customers have a water supply.

Cleanup efforts are also underway in Puerto Rico, even as the lingering effects of Hurricane Fiona remain.

Crews have been working vigorously to clear debris that has littered the roads and highways across the island.

Dominican Republic

Video shows moments leading up to Hurricane Fiona’s landfall in the Dominican Republic and when the storm roared ashore.

After making landfall in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Fiona also stormed toward the Dominican Republic, arriving there early Monday morning.

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Hurricane Fiona was slightly stronger for its second landfall in the Dominican Republic, with maximum sustained winds estimated at around 90 mph — still a Category 1 hurricane. Punta Cana International Airport clocked a 79-mile gust in the early morning hours of Monday. per hour near the landing site.

Video recorded in the Dominican Republic on Sunday and early Monday morning showed the fury of Hurricane Fiona’s winds as the storm turned closer to Hispañiola island.

The video shows palm trees being tossed by the relentless wind, and the camera’s microphone picked up the roar of Hurricane Fiona’s strong winds.

Hurricane Fiona brought high winds and torrential rain to the Dominican Republic as the storm made landfall Monday morning.

Another video posted to social media showed heavy rain and high winds blowing through Punta Cana.

That region is located on the east coast of the country and is a popular tourist destination for people all over the world.

The roar of the wind from Hurricane Fiona was also heard in another video posted to Twitter from Punta Cana.

Guadeloupe

The island, home to about 400,000 people, reported wind gusts over 50 mph and rainfall reaching more than a foot as Hurricane Fiona moved from the Atlantic to the eastern Caribbean.

Officials toured the damage on Saturday and said torrential rains caused waterways to overflow and roads were blocked by debris.

Photos of the island showed mud on streets and damage to homes and vehicles.

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