Hurricane Fiona hits the Turks and Caicos Islands, killing 3
Fiona is predicted to be a category 3 storm and cause destruction in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
Residents were told to seek shelter on the Turks and Caicos Islands, as Hurricane Fiona continues its march toward the Caribbean archipelago. This will destroy Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
A strengthening category two storm was forecast to turn into a category three storm by Tuesday afternoon, with winds exceedingly 111mph (178km/h) on Tuesday. It was expected to pass close to the Turks and Caicos Islands’ eastern end on Tuesday night, before moving on to the southern Bahamas.
Fiona dumped torrential rainfall on the Dominican Republic, leaving one person dead.
The Turks and Caicos Islands is a British overseas territory that has 40 coral islands and a population of around 40,000. It lies approximately 700 miles southeast of Florida. In response to the threat, the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC), government ordered residents to stay put and businesses to close.
“All persons must remain indoors at home, their place of safety, or where they seek refuge until the NEOC issues residents in Grand Turk, South Caicos, and Salt Cay.
While shelters were being made, residents were stocking up with food and water. The islands are a popular tourist destination and foreign governments have issued travel alerts.
Premier Washington Misick stated that “Storms can be unpredictable,” he said from London, where was attending Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. “You should take all precautions to ensure your safety.
Similar preparations were underway in the eastern Bahamas. Fiona could reach category four strength in the eastern Bahamas on Wednesday.
Residents of Puerto Rico, an American territory, were still experiencing strong winds, lightning, and heavy rains on Monday. Fiona, which made landfall on Sunday afternoon in Puerto Rico, dumped up to 30 in (76.2 cm) of rain in certain areas.
Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s Governor, has warned that it could take several days before everyone can have electricity. Officials said that water service was cut to over 837,000 customers, two-thirds of all island residents. This was due to turbidity at the filtration plants and lack of power.
Five years ago, Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria. It caused the worst power outage in Puerto Rico’s history and killed 3000 people.
On Monday, Joe Biden met with Pedro Pierluisi, the Governor of Puerto Rico. He promised to increase the number of support personnel on the island in the coming days. Deanne Criswell, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will be there Tuesday.
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