Hurricane Fiona heads for Bermuda, up to eight dead in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Fiona strengthened into a powerful Category 4 storm on Wednesday as it tracked towards Bermuda after smashing a destructive path through the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, where most were without power and until ‘up to eight people could have died from the storm. After making landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday, Fiona brought devastating flooding and landslides to the island and gathered steam as she entered the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands over the two days. following.
Fiona was blowing winds topping 130 miles per hour (215 km per hour) on Wednesday and was expected to strengthen as it moves north towards Bermuda, although current forecasts do not see Bermuda taking a direct hit, the report said. National Hurricane Center. . It could reach the east coast of Canada on Friday. “On the forecast track, the center of Fiona will continue to move away from the Turks and Caicos Islands today, approach Bermuda late Thursday and approach Atlantic Canada Friday evening,” the agency said in a statement. updated 11:00 a.m. ET (3:00 p.m. GMT). .
In Puerto Rico, where 40% of the island’s 3.3 million people were still without water and three-quarters lacked electricity, authorities were trying to bring the scale of the destruction under control and begin to rebuild. At least eight deaths are being investigated as potentially caused by Fiona, including a sick 4-month-old baby whose mother struggled to get to hospital due to blocked roads, Dr Maria said Conte Miller, director of the Institute of Forensic Sciences. during a roundtable on Tuesday.
The US Federal Emergency Management Agency has so far attributed four deaths to the storm in Puerto Rico. A fifth person was killed in Guadeloupe earlier this week. For many Puerto Ricans, the memory of the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017 is still fresh. Some 3,000 people died in the Category 5 storm, which left the entire island without power for a week.
Marylou Maldonado, 45, a saleswoman from the town of Camuy in northwestern Puerto Rico, said water was restored to her residence on Tuesday, but the governor and utility company did not kept their promise to restore electricity to his region. “People are under a lot of stress,” she said. “Here in this zone, the crisis is emotional. It’s emotional because of the frustration of not having electricity and being lied to.”
The Bermuda Meteorological Service has issued a tropical storm warning for the archipelago, which lies 966 km east of the US state of North Carolina, as Fiona heads west from British territory of ‘overseas. Hurricane-force winds are a possibility depending on the storm’s track, he said. “Outer bands of rain will sweep across the region, bringing bouts of showers, thunderstorms and heavy rain,” the weather service said in its forecast for Thursday and Friday.
An estimated 1.07 million homes and businesses remained without power in Puerto Rico as of noon Wednesday, according to LUMA Energy, which said it could take several days to fully restore all 1.5 million customers. In neighboring Dominican Republic, Fiona triggered severe flooding that restricted road access to villages, forced 12,500 people from their homes and knocked out electricity to hundreds of thousands.
Fiona was the first hurricane to hit the Dominican Republic directly since Jeanne caused severe damage in the east of the country in 2004. US Health Secretary Xavier Becerra declared a public health emergency for Porto on Tuesday evening. Rico, freeing up federal funds and equipment to help the island.
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