© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Folks clear a highway from a fallen tree after Hurricane Fiona affected the world in Yauco, Puerto Rico September 18, 2022. REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo
By Ivelisse Riveria and Ezequiel Abiu Lopez
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico/Santo Domingo (Reuters) – Hurricane Fiona made landfall within the Dominican Republic on Monday and Puerto Rico braced for an additional day of heavy rainfall and life-threatening flooding, a U.S. authorities company stated, at some point after the island was hit by a widespread energy outage.
The Dominican Republic is being battered with “extraordinarily heavy rainfall” and winds as sturdy as 90 miles per hour, Eric Blake of the U.S. Nationwide Hurricane Middle stated, as storm circumstances in Puerto Rico start to subside.
Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon, 5 years after the U.S. Caribbean territory was ravaged by Hurricane Maria.
“Tomorrow shall be dryer than in the present day, however will probably be a protracted day in the present day,” stated Blake, appearing department chief of the NHC’s hurricane specialist unit. “The strongest winds are already dying down and it is already over the Dominican Republic.”
The attention of the storm made landfall within the Dominican Republic close to Boca Yuma at 3:30 a.m. native time, the NHC stated.
Practically 90% of Puerto Rico remained with out energy on Monday, in keeping with Poweroutage.us. Officers stated it will take days to reconnect the entire island of three.3 million individuals.
U.S. President Joe Biden authorized an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico on Sunday, authorizing the Federal Emergency Administration Company to coordinate catastrophe aid and supply emergency protecting measures.
Puerto Rico’s grid stays fragile after Hurricane Maria in September 2017 brought on the biggest blackout in U.S. historical past.
In that Class 5 storm, which killed greater than 3,000 individuals, 1.5 million prospects misplaced electrical energy with 80% of energy traces knocked out. Hundreds of Puerto Ricans nonetheless stay underneath makeshift tarpaulin roofs.