Hurricane Fiona, which strengthened into a Category 4 storm Wednesday, was headed for Bermuda after wreaking havoc on Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, killing at least four people.
Fiona dumped 6 to 20 inches of rain on Puerto Rico and parts of the island remained without electricity or running water Wednesday as residents struggled to clear their homes and streets of debris. Lingering rainfall Tuesday also threatened additional flooding and mudslides. Rescuers used heavy equipment, kayaks and boats to carry survivors to safety.
At least four people have died through the Caribbean, said Keith Turi, FEMA assistant administrator for recovery.
In Puerto Rico, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi requested a major disaster declaration Tuesday, calling the damage “catastrophic.” Power company officials initially said it would take a few days for electricity to be fully restored, but then appeared to backtrack late Tuesday night. Only 26% had power as of Wednesday morning, three days after it hit the island.
Here’s the latest:
- Recovery begins: Puerto Ricans describe the ‘nightmare’ of weathering Fiona just five years after Hurricane Maria. Here’s what recovery efforts look like.
- How to help: Advocates encourage people to support local organizations and grassroots aid groups providing relief on the ground. Here’s a list.
Hurricane Fiona strengthens to Category 4
Now a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Fiona was located about 700 miles southwest of the island of Bermuda on Wednesday morning with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The storm is expected to strengthen through Wednesday night and move north at 8 mph through the evening.
- BERMUDA: A hurricane watch and tropical storm watch was in effect for Bermuda on Wednesday. Fiona is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to the island late Thursday or early Friday.
- TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS: Gusty winds are expected to continue over parts of Turks and Caicos islands Wednesday morning as the storm moves toward Bermuda. With an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain expected, flooding may continue in the area.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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