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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Photos: Hurricane Fiona leaves debris and destruction in the Caribbean

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Hurricane Fiona has left a trail of destruction across Puerto Rico, knocking out power to the US island territory while dumping torrential rains and causing catastrophic damage before making landfall in the Dominican Republic.

Landslides, blocked roads, fallen trees and power lines, as well as a collapsed bridge in the town of Utuado in the central mountainous region, were part of the destruction that Fiona has already caused in Puerto Rico, Governor Pedro Pierluisi said at a press conference. evening press.

The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (144 km per hour) when it hit the Dominican Republic on Monday morning, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Twitter.

“Life-threatening flash and urban flooding is likely in eastern parts of the Dominican Republic,” the NHC said in a morning advisory.

Before Fiona’s arrival, the Dominican president, Luis Abinader, suspended the works and the island placed 13 of its 32 provinces, located to the north and east, on red alert.

In Puerto Rico, where residents were without power as the hurricane approached, the island’s power company said on its website Monday that it had “re-energized some circuits” but did not have figures on how many people were receiving power.

The NHC downgraded Fiona to a tropical storm in Puerto Rico, but warned that destructive rain and devastating flash flooding could continue to pummel the island.

Fiona will be remembered as a “catastrophic event due to the impacts of flooding” in the central, eastern and southern regions of Puerto Rico, Pierluisi tweeted, adding that 230-330 mm (9-13 inches) of rain fell in just five hours.

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The hurricane also left some 196,000 people without drinking water as a result of power outages and overflowing rivers, officials said.

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