Hurricane Fiona blasts Turks and Caicos Islands as a “life-threatening” Category 3 storm

Hurricane Fiona blasted the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday as a Category 3 storm after devastating Puerto Rico, the place most individuals remained with out electrical energy or operating water. Hurricane circumstances slammed Grand Turk, the small British territory’s capital island, on Tuesday morning after the federal government imposed a curfew and urged folks to flee flood-prone areas.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center stated elements of the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos would expertise “life-threatening” flooding Tuesday. Storm surge may increase water ranges within the British territory by as a lot as 5 to eight toes above regular, the hurricane middle stated.

By late Tuesday morning, the storm was centered about 40 miles from Grand Turk, with hurricane-force winds extending as much as 30 miles from the middle and tropical-storm drive winds extending as much as 150 miles.

“Storms are unpredictable,” Premier Washington Misick stated in a assertion from London, the place he was attending the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. “You must therefore take every precaution to ensure your safety.”

Fiona had most sustained winds of 115 mph and was transferring north-northwest at 9 mph, in accordance with the hurricane middle, which stated the storm is prone to strengthen additional into a Category 4 hurricane as it approaches Bermuda on Friday.

Hurricane Fiona is seen in a satellite image captured at 9 a.m. ET on Sept. 20, 2022.
Hurricane Fiona is seen in a satellite tv for pc picture captured at 9 a.m. ET on Sept. 20, 2022.


It was forecast to weaken earlier than operating into easternmost Canada over the weekend.

The broad storm saved dropping copious rain over the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, the place a 58-year-old man died after police stated he was swept away by a river within the central mountain city of Comerio.

Another loss of life was linked to a energy blackout — a 70-year-old man was burned to loss of life after he tried to fill his generator with gasoline whereas it was operating, officers stated.

Hurricane Fiona slams Puerto Rico, leaving a lot of the island with out energy or clear water


Parts of the island had obtained greater than 25 inches of rain and extra was falling on Tuesday.

Michelle Carlo, a medical adviser for Direct Relief in Puerto Rico, advised CBS News on Tuesday that circumstances on the island have been “eerily similar” to 2017, when Hurricane Maria precipitated practically 3,000 deaths.

“Despite Fiona being categorized as only a Category 1 hurricane, the water damage in Puerto Rico has been in some places as bad or even worse than when Maria hit us five years ago,” Carlo stated.

National Guard Brig. Gen. Narciso Cruz described the ensuing flooding as historic.

“There were communities that flooded in the storm that didn’t flood under Maria,” he stated. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

A member of the Puerto Rico National Guard wades through water searching for people in need of rescue from flooded streets in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona in Salinas, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 19, 2022.
A member of the Puerto Rico National Guard wades via water looking for folks in want of rescue from flooded streets within the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona in Salinas, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 19, 2022.

Reuters/Ricardo Arduengo

Cruz stated that 670 folks have been rescued in Puerto Rico, together with 19 folks at a retirement residence within the north mountain city of Cayey that was in peril of collapsing.

“The rivers broke their banks and blanketed communities,” he stated.

Some have been rescued through kayaks and boats whereas others nestled into the huge shovel of a digger and have been lifted to larger floor.

He lamented that some folks refused to go away their residence, including that he understood them.

“It’s human nature,” he stated. “But when they saw their lives were in danger, they agreed to leave.”

The blow from Fiona was made extra devastating as a result of Puerto Rico has but to get well from Hurricane Maria, which destroyed the ability grid. Five years later, greater than 3,000 houses on the island are nonetheless coated by blue tarps.

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Authorities stated Monday no less than 2,300 folks and some 250 pets remained in shelters throughout the island.

Fiona triggered 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.

By Tuesday morning, authorities stated that they had restored energy to greater than 285,000 of the island’s 1.47 million prospects. 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 stated.

Fiona was not anticipated to threaten the U.S. mainland.

In the Dominican Republic, authorities reported one loss of life: a man hit by a falling tree. The storm displaced greater than 12,400 folks and reduce off no less than 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 have been closed, officers stated.

The Dominican president, Luis Abinader, stated authorities would wish 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 residence away, officers stated.

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