Fiona becomes major hurricane as it nears Turks and Caicos Islands

Fiona strengthened right into a major hurricane as it barreled towards the Turks and Caicos Islands Tuesday, prompting the federal government of the British territory to impose a curfew.

“Storms are unpredictable,” Premier Washington Misick mentioned in a press release from London, the place he was attending the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. “You must therefore take every precaution to ensure your safety.” Misick was scheduled to return house on Thursday.

Fiona was centered about 20 miles southeast of Grand Turk Island early Tuesday with most sustained winds of 115 mph, making it a Category 3 hurricane, based on the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was shifting north-northwest at 10 mph.

Fiona is seen approaching the  Turks and Caicos Islands after changing into a major hurricane early on Sept. 20, 2022.


The middle mentioned Finona is predicted to maintain intensifying over the subsequent couple of days however wasn’t anticipated to threaten the U.S. mainland.

The storm was nonetheless dropping copious rain over the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico early Tuesday.

The middle mentioned, “Heavy rainfall and localized life-threatening flash flooding continues over portions of the Dominican Republic today. Heavy rains around the center of Fiona impacts the Turks and Caicos through this afternoon with continued life-threatening flooding. Localized additional flash and urban flooding is possible in southern portions of Puerto Rico.”

The National Guard rescued greater than 900 folks as floodwaters continued to hurry by way of cities in jap and southern Puerto Rico with as much as 30 inches of rain forecast for some areas.

Hurrican Fiona landfalls in Puerto Rico
A member of the Puerto Rico National Guard wades by way of water trying to find folks in want of rescue from flooded streets within the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona in Salinas, Puerto Rico on Sept. 19, 2022.


In Puerto Rico, police mentioned a 58-year-old man died after he was swept away by a river within the central mountain city of Comerio.

Another demise on the island was linked to the widespread blackout Fiona precipitated – that of a 70-year-old man officers mentioned was burned to demise after he tried to fill his generator with gasoline whereas it was operating.

The blow from Fiona was made extra devastating as a result of Puerto Rico has but to get well from Hurricane Maria, which killed almost 3,000 folks and destroyed its energy grid in 2017. Five years later, greater than 3,000 properties on the island are nonetheless lined by blue tarps.

Authorities mentioned at the very least 1,300 folks and some 250 pets stay in shelters throughout the island.

Fiona sparked a blackout when it hit Puerto Rico’s southwest nook on Sunday, the anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, which slammed into the island in 1989 as a Category 3 storm.

Hurricane Fiona makes landfall in the Dominican Republic
A person stands amid particles on the seashore within the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on Sept. 19, 2022.


By Tuesday morning, authorities mentioned that they had restored energy to greater than 260,000 prospects on the island of three.2 million folks.

Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi warned it may take days earlier than everybody has electrical energy.

Water service was reduce to greater than 837,000 prospects – two thirds of the overall on the island – due to turbid water at filtration crops or lack of energy, officers mentioned.

In the Dominican Republic, authorities reported one demise: a person hit by a falling tree. The storm displaced greater than 12,400 folks and reduce off at the very least two communities.

The hurricane left a number of highways blocked, and a vacationer pier within the city of Miches was badly broken by excessive waves. At least 4 worldwide airports had been closed, officers mentioned.

The Dominican president, Luis Abinader, mentioned authorities would want a number of days to evaluate the storm’s results.

Fiona beforehand battered the jap Caribbean, killing one man within the French territory of Guadeloupe when floodwaters washed his house away, officers mentioned.

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