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Jennifer Lopez is calling on fans to donate to charities in her native Puerto Rico

Jennifer Lopez has called on her fans to donate to charities in her native Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona brought catastrophic flooding to the Caribbean island.

The 53-year-old singer, who was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents, took to her Instagram story on Tuesday to share a link to the Hispanic Federation, which is fundraising.

Huge damage is being reported across the island after the hurricane made landfall on Sunday, with roads turning into torrents while even newly built bridges were washed away after Hurricane Maria in 2017.

In her message, J-Lo wrote: “It is vital that we do what we can to help our families in Puerto Rico and now the Dominican Republic.

“I work with the @hispanicfederation in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

“These Hispanic Federation affiliates are on the ground and identifying what the real needs of people on the islands are. To learn more, please visit the website for updates and support where ever you can!’

Tremendous damage is being reported across the island of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona made landfall Sunday afternoon.

Roads became torrents, while even newly built bridges were washed away after Hurricane Maria in 2017.

The entire island is once again without electricity, leaving the island’s population of around 3.2 million people in a total blackout. Fierce winds ripped off roofs from houses, while heavy rain also caused landslides.

The storm also washed away a bridge in the central mountain town of Utuado, which police say was installed by the National Guard after Hurricane Maria hit in 2017.

Fiona hit about 15 miles south-southeast of Mayaguez with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour, according to the US National Hurricane Center. It was moving northwest at 90 miles per hour.

Earlier Sunday, President Joe Biden approved the declaration of a state of emergency. Puerto Rico’s ports have been closed and flights from the main airport have been canceled.

The emergency declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief efforts and provide emergency response, the White House said.

US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said officials dispatched to Puerto Rico would help with recovery efforts “as soon as it becomes safe.” Fiona was at hurricane strength when torrential rains swept the Caribbean Sea.

The National Hurricane Center said radar showed the storm made landfall around 3:20 p.m. along the island’s southwest coast near Punta Tocon.

Storm clouds covered the entire island, and tropical gale force winds extended as far as 140 miles from Fiona’s center.

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