Hurricane Fiona makes landfall in Puerto Rico, plunged into darkness
Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday, September 18.
Hurricane Fiona made landfall Sunday afternoon in Puerto Rico. Its gusts of wind and torrential rains deprived the entire American island of electricity, after causing one death and major flooding in Guadeloupe.
Fiona slammed down at 3:20 p.m. local time on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico near Punta Tocon with winds gusting up to 140 km/h. It threatens the archipelago with catastrophic flooding and mudslides, according to the latest bulletin from the National Hurricane Center.
The depression, which on Sunday rose from from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane, completely deprived this American territory of the Caribbean and its 3.2 million inhabitants of electricity.
Due to the hurricane, the power grid is now out of service, Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi announced in a statement on Sunday, adding that emergency protocols had been activated.
We are beginning the process of restarting the network in the north of the island with emergency generators, detailed for his part, Josué Colón, director of services responsible for the electrical network of Puerto Rico, during from an interview on local television. He added that electricity would be restored to hospitals as a priority.
Gusts of wind and torrential rains left the entire American island without power, after causing one death and major flooding in Guadeloupe.
Floods took place in the south-east of the archipelago, inundating roads and some urban areas, while roofs of houses were torn off by the wind in the south-west, according to local media .
Photos posted to social media by island firefighters also showed trees lying on the road and other debris.
< p class="e-p">US President Joe Biden this morning approved Puerto Rico's declaration of a state of emergency, a measure that will release federal funds for relief, coordinated by the x27;US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Hurricane Fiona is expected to strengthen further within 48 hours as it moves near Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, the US weather service said.
Fiona had already caused serious damage during her visit to Guadeloupe on the night of Friday to Saturday. In places, the water rose more than 1.50 meters. A man died there, washed away with his house by the waves of a flooded river.
A man from Guadeloupe died, washed away with his house by the waves of a flooded river, during the passage of Fiona overnight from Friday to Saturday.
With the warming of the surface of the oceans, the frequency of the most intense hurricanes, with stronger winds and greater precipitation, increases. In particular, they pose an increasing risk to coastal communities.
The archipelago of Puerto Rico had been placed on hurricane alert at the end of the week, the governor Pedro Pierluisi urging people to take shelter.
The flood alert should be in effect until Monday.
A former Spanish colony, Puerto Rico, which became a United States territory at the end of the 19th century before gaining special status as an Associated Free State in the 1950s, is experiencing serious problems of security. #x27;infrastructure for several years.
The island was devastated in 2017 by hurricanes Irma and Maria, which seriously damaged its electricity network. This was then privatized in June 2021 with the stated aim of solving the problem of power cuts. The island however experienced a blackout in April 2022.