Puerto Rico under hurricane watch as tropical storm Fiona threatens to batter island

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Tropical Storm Fiona is approaching Puerto Rico, threatening to swamp the hurricane-battered island with up to 20 inches of rain.

In a hurricane warning issued Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said eastern and southern Puerto Rico could see torrential rain, flooding and even mudslides.

“The storm will continue to approach through the day today, with conditions going downhill starting late this afternoon and this evening,” Fox Weather Senior Meteorologist Greg Diamond told The Post Saturday. “The peak is this evening through Monday midday.”

He explained that winds of 50 to 70 mph will primarily hit the southern portion of the U.S. commonwealth.

The capital, San Juan, “will escape the worst of the wind, but even so, they still could have gusts of 50 plus miles an hour.”

Already, 52,000 residents are without power.

A satellite image from NOAA showing Tropical Storm Fiona in the Caribbean.
The winds from Tropical Storm Fiona will primarily hit the southern portion of the U.S. commonwealth.

A picture of residents attached protective plywood to a window of their home.
The National Hurricane Center said eastern and southern Puerto Rico could see torrential rain, flooding and even mudslides.

“But the biggest issue is going to be the rain. It will begin again later today and it’s going to go pretty much right through Monday,” Diamond said.

The storm already passed through the island of Guadeloupe — which got 19.46 inches of rain in 24 hours, Diamond said. Friday night, a man was found dead in Guadeloupe after heavy rainfall and floodwaters swept his house away.

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