Hurricane Fiona strengthens into Class 3 storm after hammering Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, Fiona has already induced widespread devastation, with a number of deaths reported after the storm dumped greater than 2 ft of rain on the island and knocked out the U.S. territory’s electrical energy provide.

“The damages that we’re seeing are catastrophic,” Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi stated.

A 58-year-old man was discovered lifeless on Monday afternoon after being dragged by currents from the river La Plata within the city of Comerío, Telemundo Puerto Rico reported.

In the meantime, a 70-year-old man from the city of Arecibo died from fire-related accidents after a generator he was utilizing exploded. Emergency personnel stated the person was making an attempt to refuel his generator whereas it was nonetheless on, inflicting the machine to blow up.

Officers stated two different individuals who died in shelters through the storm are believed to have handed away from pure causes, however they stated they have been nonetheless ready for the Institute of Forensic Sciences to verify that.

The devastation and sweeping energy outages introduced by Fiona have been a chilling reminder of Hurricane Maria, a Class 4 storm that hit Puerto Rico 5 years in the past because the deadliest pure catastrophe on U.S. territory in a century. Practically 3,000 deaths have been related with the storm.

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