After Hurricane Fiona, most of the more than three million Puerto Rican people are without electricity, and more than one million people in the Dominican Republic are left without running water. At least five people were killed. The element goes on and gets stronger. Fiona became a Category 3 hurricane on a five-point scale on Tuesday, and experts predict that her strength will increase even more on Wednesday.
After the hurricane across the Dominican Republic, over a million customers have no access to running water since Monday afternoon, CNN reported. The element left over 700,000 inhabitants of the country without electricity. “Almost 800 people were saved by emergency workers. At least 519 took refuge in 29 shelters in the country on Monday,” CNN reported. The element caused severe floods, cutting off numerous villages from the world and forcing 12,500 people to live. people to leave their homes.
“The damage is significant,” admitted President Luis Abinader, who plans to declare a state of disaster in the provinces of La Altagracia, home to the famous resort of Punta Cana, as well as El Seibo and Hato Mayor.
Fiona hit the Dominican Republic on a Sunday afternoon local time. This is the first hurricane to hit the country directly since the devastating Jeanne in September 2004.
Nearly total power failure in Puerto Rico
Earlier, the hurricane attacked Puerto Rico and it also showed its destructive power there. Most of the 3.1 million Puerto Ricans are without electricity. Fiona has devastated Puerto Rico “unlike anything seen there since Hurricane Maria hit the land five years ago,” CNN pointed out. Fallen trees and mudslides blocked many roads. The photos show sunken cars, waist-deep wading people and lifeboats on flooded streets.
Maria was a hurricane of the fifth, highest category. As a result, more than three thousand people died in Puerto Rico. 1.5 million inhabitants were left without electricity. The element wrecked 89 percent of the power lines. Thousands of Puerto Ricans still live under makeshift tarpaulins since then.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the deployment of 100 National Guard officers to Puerto Rico. She said the New York Power Authority’s utilities were ready to help restore power to the island. Earlier, President Joe Biden (Puerto Rico is an associated territory with the United States) spoke with Governor Pedro Pierluisi on Monday, promising to increase the number of auxiliary personnel sent to deal with the effects of the hurricane in the coming days.
According to CNN, which cites local authorities, Fiona has killed five people. Three people died in the Dominican Republic, two in Puerto Rico, and one in French Guadeloupe territory.
Fiona is getting stronger and stronger
As expected by meteorologists, Fiona strengthened on Tuesday to a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson five-point scale and hit the Turks and Caicos Islands, a dependent territory of Great Britain, north of the Dominican Republic. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami has warned that downpours in this popular archipelago could cause “life-threatening floods”.
The inhabitants of the most endangered islands were ordered to provide themselves with a safe haven and close their businesses. “Everyone is to stay indoors – at home or in shelters – until NEOC (National Emergency Action Center – ed) issues an ALL CLEAR (alarm recall – ed) message,” Grand Turk, South Caicos, and Salt were told. Cay. People had been stockpiling food and water before, and the authorities had prepared shelters.
On Wednesday, the element could become a category 4 hurricane there with a wind speed of 210-250 km / h.
Reuters, tvnmeteo.pl, PAP
Main photo source: PAP / EPA / JORGE MUNIZ