Hurricane Fiona blew away the Turks and Caicos Islands as a Category 3 storm on Tuesday after causing devastating damage, most people remained without electricity or running water. Hurricane conditions hit Grand Turk, the capital of a small British territory, on Tuesday morning after the government imposed a curfew and urged people to evacuate flood-prone areas.
America National Hurricane Center said part of The Turks and Caicos Islands will experience ‘life-threatening’ flooding on Tuesday. According to the Hurricane Center, storm surges could raise water levels in British territory five to eight feet above normal.
By late Tuesday morning, the center of the storm had reached about 40 miles from Grand Turk, with hurricane gales extending up to 30 miles from the center and tropical storm gales extending up to 150 miles.
“Storms are unpredictable,” Washington’s Prime Minister Mysick said in a statement from London, where he was attending.“Therefore, all precautions must be taken to ensure safety.”
According to the Hurricane Center, Fiona had a maximum wind speed of 115 miles per hour and was moving north-northwest at 9 miles per hour. According to the Hurricane Center, the storm is likely to intensify and become a Category 4 hurricane as it approaches Bermuda on Friday.
It was forecast to weaken before reaching the easternmost part of Canada over the weekend.
a wide storm continuedIn the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, a 58-year-old man has died after police said he was swept away by a river in the central mountain town of Comerio.
Another death was linked to a power outage – a 70-year-old man was burned trying to put gasoline in while a generator was running, officials said.
More than 25 inches of rain fell in parts of the island, and even more on Tuesday.
Michelle Carlo, medical advisor for Direct Relief in Puerto Rico, said: told CBS News On Tuesday, conditions on the island were “eerily similar” to 2017, it said. cause .
“Fiona is only classified as a Category 1 hurricane, but the flooding in Puerto Rico was as bad or worse in some places than it was when Maria hit five years ago.
National Guard Brig. General Narciso Cruz described the resulting flood as historic.
“There were communities that didn’t flood under Maria, but they did flood in the storm,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
Cruz said 670 people have been rescued in Puerto Rico, including 19 people in a nursing home in Kayei, a northern mountain town on the brink of collapse.
“The river has broken its banks and covered communities,” he said.
Some were rescued by kayak or boat, while others were hauled to higher ground by the giant shovels of excavators.
He lamented that some people refused to leave their homes and added that he understood them.
“It’s human nature,” he said. “But when they saw that their lives were in danger, they agreed to leave.”
Puerto Rico has yet to recover from Hurricane Maria, making the blow from Fiona all the more devastating.Five years later, more than 3,000 houses on the island are still covered with blue tarps.
Officials said on Monday that at least 2,300 people and about 250 pets remained at shelters on the island.
Fiona caused a power outage when it hit the southwest corner of Puerto Rico on Sunday, the anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, which slammed into the island as a Category 3 storm in 1989.
By Tuesday morning, officials said power had been restored to more than 285,000 of the island’s 1.47 million customers. Governor Pedro Pierluisi has warned that it could be days before everyone has electricity.
More than 837,000 customers (two-thirds of the island) have lost access to water service due to turbid water at water treatment plants and power shortages, officials said.
Fiona was not expected to threaten the mainland United States.
In the Dominican Republic, authorities have reported one death. A man hit by a fallen tree. The storm displaced more than 12,400 people and split at least two communities.
The hurricane blocked several highways and the tourist pier in the town of Miches was badly damaged by high waves. At least four international airports have been closed, officials said.
Dominican President Luis Avinader said it would take several days for authorities to assess the impact of the storm.
Fiona previously hit the eastern Caribbean, killing one man when floods washed away his home in French Guadeloupe, officials said.
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