Photos and videos from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic show the damage Hurricane Fiona caused as far north as possible. The governor of Puerto Rico said at a news conference that the Category 1 storm was “catastrophic” and most Puerto Ricans were without power today, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022.
Puerto Rico continues to experience torrential rains causing major flooding and mudslides after the Category 1 hurricane made landfall on the Dominican Republic on Monday, according to The Weather Channel. Hurricane Fiona’s trail heads north, toward the southwestern Atlantic Ocean, The Weather Channel reported.
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Reporters on the ground in Puerto Rico and locals shared videos on social media of Hurricane Fiona as it made landfall, and photos of its aftermath, as most Puerto Ricans were without power Monday, Sept. 19.
Photos by AJ+ showed a man walking through medium-high floodwaters, a huge pile of rubble along a roadway, and floodwaters that engulfed much of the first floor of a home.
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Author Frederick Joseph shared a video of a river of brown water flowing through a neighborhood in Puerto Rico.
“The whole of Puerto Rico lost power due to Hurricane Fiona, but I’ve seen nothing but coverage of a funeral for Queen Elizabeth II. A mockery,” he wrote.
Another video showed large chunks of debris flying through the air, floodwaters rising rapidly and chunks of road hitting the ground.
“Hurricane Fiona has officially hit Puerto Rico and the entire island is currently without electricity, according to NPR,” one Twitter user wrote.
Hurricane Fiona devastated Puerto Rico’s southeast coast on Sunday, Sept. 18, where it “caused landslides, knocked out the electrical grid and ripped asphalt off roads and scattered the pieces,” according to the Associated Press.
The AP reported that there were hundreds of rescues and evacuations as the water rose rapidly.
“Russians of brown water enveloped cars, first floors and even an airport runway in the southern region of the island,” the AP reported.
Forecasters expected “historic” rain to continue through Monday, with up to 30 inches.
“The damage we are seeing is catastrophic,” Governor Pedro Pierluisi said at a news conference, according to the Associated Press.
Winds reaching 85 miles per hour caused a total power outage in Puerto Rico, and 90% of people were without power Monday, according to Reuters. LUMA Energy reported that more than 1.3 million of the 1.47 million tracked customers were without power at 1.30 p.m. Dutch time.
“LUMA has reactivated some circuits following an island-wide power outage caused by Hurricane Fiona, but limited information is available,” the report said.
Reuters reported that it is expected to take days to reconnect the 3.3 million power customers.
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