Hurricane Fiona approaches the Bermuda archipelago

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Hurricane Fiona&rsquo ;approaching the Bermuda Archipelago

Hurricane Fiona caused major flooding in the Caribbean, particularly on the island of Puerto Rico.

After sweeping the Caribbean, where it caused the death of at least five people , Hurricane Fiona is now heading towards the Bermuda archipelago, which it is expected to reach on Thursday with torrential rains and winds of 210 km/h.

As of Wednesday morning, the powerful low, rated Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), was about 170 kilometers north of the Turks and Caicos Islands. /p>

The small archipelago was hit hard by the hurricane which caused a lot of damage in its path. Thankfully, no casualties have yet been reported, the territory's Vice Governor Anya Williams said, nonetheless calling on residents to stay safe.

According to the NHC, Fiona, which is the first hurricane of the season, formed in mid-September in the central Atlantic Ocean where it gained strength as it hit warmer, shallower waters off the coast of America and the Caribbean Sea.

The hurricane, which swept through Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic among others, killed at least five people in these countries that received more than 500 millimeters of rain in 24 hours.

A man died in Guadeloupe, washed away with his house by the waves of a flooded river. Two people died in the Dominican Republic and two others in Puerto Rico.

More than 400,000 inhabitants are without electricity and 1.2 million do not have drinking water in the Dominican Republic.

In the Dominican Republic, President Luis Abinader has declared a state of natural disaster in three provinces in the east of the country, where the seaside resorts of Punta Cana, El Seibo and Hato Mayor are located.

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Bad weather has forced more than 10,000 people to evacuate the region while 400,000 inhabitants are without electricity and 1.2 million without running water.

In Puerto Rico, still recovering from the damage caused by Hurricane Maria five years ago, Fiona caused landslides, knocked down trees and power lines, made roads impassable and swept away a bridge in the city of Utuado.

US President Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency in Puerto Rico, which is a territory of the United States. United States, visited by the head of the United States Disaster Management Agency (FEMA), Deanne Criswell.

We are sending hundreds more personnel, Deanne Criswell said yesterday after touring the island.

According to Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi, Fiona has caused catastrophic damage on this island of three million inhabitants where nearly 800,000 people are deprived of drinking water.

Crops were also devastated by the torrential rains and the floods which seriously jeopardized the harvests of bananas, vegetables and coffee.

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The latest forecast calls for Storm Fiona to hit the Atlantic region on Saturday morning.

< p class="e-p">According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, the hurricane, which is expected to decrease in intensity as it progresses towards the cold waters of the North Atlantic, will still be a powerful storm post -tropical when it reaches the coasts of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland on Saturday or Sunday, depending on the region, with winds of 100 to 175 km /h and heavy rain.

Large waves and storm surges are also to be expected, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada, which highlights the possibility of flooding in coastal regions from the east of the country.

With information from Agence France-Presse

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