- The storm killed at least four people.
- Almost all of Puerto Rico was left without power and water on Tuesday.
- The storm brought wind and rain to the Turks and Caicos Islands, Dominican Republic.
- Heavy rains flooded parts of the Dominican Republic.
Hurricane Fiona continued its deadly course through the Caribbean on Tuesday, bringing strong winds and rain to the Turks and Caicos Islands after inundating parts of the Dominican Republic and leaving devastating damage in Puerto Rico.
The storm killed at least four people – two in the Dominican Republic and one in Puerto Rico and the French territory of Guadeloupe.
Here’s a summary of Fiona’s impacts so far.
Turks and Caicos Islands
Hurricane Fiona moved by the Turks and Caicos Islands packing strong winds and rain.
Ethan Masterson, 19, arrived there a week ago to intern as a chef at an island resort. In a telephone interview, he described how it was on Tuesday.
“All you can hear is the constant wind blowing and when we’re inside our bedroom you can just hear the wind pushing against the wall and over the doors and everything,” Masterson said.
(AFTER: The latest forecast for Hurricane Fiona)
Earlier, he ventured outside to take a closer look.
“The wind is blowing through the hall and you can see all the trees blowing and the rain coming,” Masterson said. “It’s definitely different, definitely crazy.”
A curfew was in place and people were told to evacuate flood-prone areas.
There were no immediate reports of major damage.
At least two people were killed as Fiona defeated the Dominican Republic, according to The Associated Press.
One was a 68-year-old man struck by a falling tree. The other was an 18-year-old girl on a motorbike who was hit by a falling utility pole. More than 1,500 people sought refuge in government shelters and electricity was cut in some 400,000 homes.
“The damage is considerable“said President Luis Abinader, according to Reuters.
Three eastern provinces were declared disaster areas.
The country’s emergency management agency wise residents stay alert as the rain continued to fall.
The damage caused by Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico became clearer on Tuesday. But Gov. Pedro R. Pierluisi said it could be at least a week before the full scale is known, the AP reported.
Bags of water and ice were distributed to affected neighborhoods. Millions of people were left without running water or electricity.
Pierluisi said the pipes were be executed to several isolated mountain communities.
Deanne Criswell, FEMA Administrator travel on the island on Tuesday, and said hundreds more people were on their way to provide support to affected communities.
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Criswell’s arrival came on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s disastrous landfall in Puerto Rico. FEMA has been accused of bungling some relief efforts, and federal aid has been mired in controversy and political wrangling. The island is still recovering from that storm, which killed around 3,000 people.
Meanwhile, Fiona killed a 58-year-old man who was swept away by a river in the town of Comerio, according to the AP. Another death – that of a 70-year-old man who was burned while operating a generator – was not directly linked to the storm but rather to the subsequent island-wide blackout .
And some residents lost their homes a second time.
“All is faded away. Again,” Evelyn Cardín, who lives in the municipality of Aibonito, told El Nuevo Dia newspaper.
“Five years and still living the same thing, the same experience.”
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