Hurricane Fiona left a trail of devastation across Puerto Rico, dislodging the US island territory’s power while pouring torrential rain and causing catastrophic damage before landed in the Dominican Republic.
Governor Pedro Pierluisi said at a press conference last night, landslides, blocked roads, fallen trees and power lines as well as a collapsed bridge in the central mountainous town of Utuado, were part of the devastation caused by Fiona in Puerto Rico.
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the storm carried maximum sustained winds of 144 kilometers per hour (90 mph) as it made landfall in the Dominican Republic on Monday morning, the National Hurricane Center said. United States (NHC) said on Twitter.
The NHC said in a morning announcement: “Flash floods and life-threatening urban flooding are possible for eastern parts of the Dominican Republic.
Before Fiona’s arrival, Dominican President Luis Abinader had suspended work and the island had placed 13 of its 32 provinces, located to the north and east, on red alert.
In Puerto Rico, where residents were without power when the storm hit, the island’s power company said on its website Monday that it had “re-energized some electrical circuits” but had no children. number of people receiving the call.
NHC downgraded Fiona to Tropical Storm in Puerto Rico but warned that destructive rain and devastating flash floods could continue to make landfall on the island.
Pierluisi tweeted that Fiona would drop as a “catastrophic flood-impact event” in central, eastern and southern parts of Puerto Rico, adding that rainfall 230-330mm (9-13 inches) ) fell in just 5 hours.
Officials said the storm also left about 196,000 people without drinking water due to power outages and flooded rivers.