Hurricane Fiona: Dominican Republic hit as storm strengthens
Hurricane Fiona hits the Dominican Republican while rain continues to lash Puerto Rico.
Image caption, Roads in the Dominican Republic have been blocked Hurricane Fiona is continuing to strengthen - threatening lives in parts of the Caribbean, say US forecasters.Puerto Rico , causing damage the governor said was “catastrophic.ERIKA SANTELICES Getty Images Puerto Rico was hit by another devastating hurricane on Sunday, five years after Hurricane Maria killed over 3,000 people and severely damaged the island's power grid.Arroyo told NBC10 Boston the preparations included longer-term stays while homes were being repaired.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the category two storm, with wind speeds of 115mph (185km/h), could even worsen to a category four - the second-highest designation.Rain is lashing Puerto Rico, where at least two people have died and 90% of the island remains without power.No deaths had been reported, but authorities in the U.Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader says damage is "considerable".Hundreds of residents were reportedly evacuated, and as of Sunday afternoon, Puerto Rico’s governor, Pedro Pierluisi, confirmed on Twitter that electricity was out across the entire island.The hurricane was about 10 miles (15km) north-west of Grand Turk Island in the Turks and Caicos Islands at 12:00 GMT on Tuesday, the NHC said.territory said it was too early to know the full scope of damage from an expansive storm that was still forecast to unleash torrential rain across Puerto Rico on Monday.In a statement from London, where he attended the Queen's funeral, Premier Washington Misick told residents of the archipelago to "carry out all necessary preparations" to protect their families and property.The power went out.
Mr Abinader has declared three eastern provinces of the Dominican Republic to be disaster zones, amid warnings from the NHC of "heavy rainfall and life-threatening flash flooding".As much as 15 inches (38 centimeters) were projected for the eastern Dominican Republic, where authorities told most people to stay home from work, closed ports and banned use of beaches.If you're looking to help, the best way to get involved is by providing additional disaster relief.Several villages were cut off in the country as floodwaters rose, while hundreds of people were forced to leave their homes and thousands were left without power.Lexie Wilcox, who lives in the easternmost province of Altagracia, said it was the worst hurricane she had experienced and had hit her local area much harder than Hurricane Maria in 2017, On Monday morning there were trees down, with roads blocked and a lot of flooding.He said flooding reached “historic levels,” with authorities evacuating or rescuing hundreds of people across the island.Ms Wilcox said she was unable to sleep, spending the night mopping up rainwater.The PRxPR Relief and Rebuild Fund Run by the Conservation Trust in Puerto Rico, the PRxPR Relief and Rebuild Fund is donating 100% of the money received to local Hurricane Fiona relief.The roof has been partially blown off her shed, and a security sign blew off her house.Pedro Pierluisi.Trending Stories.
Ms Wilcox and her neighbours are without electricity, and believe this may take days to be fixed as the storm is still ongoing.Connection returned for a few minutes on Monday, just long enough to allow Ms Wilcox, who is Canadian, to watch the end of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral while the hurricane raged outside.Before dawn on Monday, authorities in a boat navigated the flooded streets of the north coast town of Catano and used a megaphone to alert people that the pumps had collapsed, urging them to evacuate as soon as possible.The Hispanic Federation The Hispanic Foundation has been working to repair homes and health centres across the island ever since Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico five years ago.The NHC warned earlier of ongoing threats to life in Puerto Rico because of "catastrophic flooding".An estimated 1.Brown water rushed through streets, into homes and consumed a runway airport in southern Puerto Rico.3 million homes and businesses in Puerto Rico are currently without power, Reuters news agency reports.Taller Salud.
Fiona made landfall there on Sunday, causing not only deluges but also widespread landslides and mudslides.The storm also tore the roofs off homes, including that of Nelson Cirino in the northern coastal town of Loiza.Media caption, Hurricane Fiona intensifies US President Joe Biden pledged to scale up support for the island following a conversation with the governor.Images shared on social media have shown cars submerged and people attempting to wade down streets filled with water, while efforts continue to rescue those who have got stranded.Fiona was centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) southeast of Samana in the Dominican Republic, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (140 kph) on Monday morning, according to the U.The victims in Puerto Rico were a 58-year-old man who died after being swept away by a river, while another in his 30s died in a generator fire.The storm caused an island-wide blackout which providers warned could take days to fix.National Hurricane Center.
Your device may not support this visualisation Puerto Rico's electricity grid remains fragile after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria - the most powerful storm in its history.Some areas of the island face the prospect of 30in (76cm) of rainfall as the storm passes.Tropical storm-force winds extended out for 140 miles (220 kilometers) from the center.Storm conditions have also been forecast in the Bahamas, while people in Bermuda have been advised to monitor Fiona's progress.More on this story.It could near Bermuda as a major hurricane late Thursday or on Friday.
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