October 3, 2022

Turks and Caicos under shelter-in-place system as Hurricane Fiona hits islands after leaving 5 dead across the Caribbean

Turks and Caicos under shelter-in-place system as Hurricane Fiona hits islands after leaving 5 dead across the Caribbean

“The public has again been asked to stay at home, on all islands, as it is not safe to travel on roads, especially when power lines and cables are down,” the National Emergency Operations Center said in a press release.

The center said the storm would slowly move away from the islands on Tuesday and Wednesday night and begin approaching Bermuda Thursday, when up to 3 inches of rain is expected and create “life-threatening waves that rupture existing conditions.” The Tropical Storm Watch is issued by the Bermuda Weather Service.

The Dominican Republic is still grappling with the devastated path of Fiona — where the storm’s outer bands are still causing flooding after it traversed the Caribbean nation on Monday — and Puerto Rico, which Fiona crossed the day before, causing nearly power outages and leaving unexplained damage. there since then Hurricane Maria It made landfall five years ago on Tuesday, officials said.

At least two people have died in severe weather in the Dominican Republic, according to Major General Juan Manuel Méndez Garcia, director of the country’s emergency operations center. Director Aurielys Esther Jimenez, 18, said she was traveling by motorbike when she was struck by a power pole that had fallen due to strong winds. She was taken to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

On Monday, officials there confirmed the death of a man in Nagoa, in the northeastern Dominican Republic, after being struck by strong winds in a tree. One death was also reported in the French province of Guadeloupe, which was hit by Fiona late last week, and two in Puerto Rico.

In Puerto Rico, 58-year-old Gilberto Ayala Aponte swept a swollen river behind his home in Comerio. Another man, 70, Jose Cruz Roman, died in a fire that occurred when he was trying to put gasoline into his generator while it was running, officials said.

Parts of Puerto Rico will see rainfall totals More than 30 inchesFiona pushed rivers to flood and increased water to collect in parts of the territory, inundating homes, streets, and fields. Flowing water wiped out a bridge, and carried its structure downstream, one video offers. CNN staff said mudslides blocked some roads from coastal areas inland.

Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi said on Tuesday that the damage is catastrophic in the territory’s center and its southern and southeastern regions.

The governor said a large portion of the population should have electricity by late Wednesday, but the greater damage in the southern part of the island means it will take longer to restore there.

More than 1.16 million of the island’s 1.47 million utility customers were still without power as of Tuesday evening, according to estimates from PowerOutage.uswhich indicates updated information on limited restoration efforts.

More than 2,000 people are working to restore energy, Mario Hurtado, LUMA Energy’s regulatory director, told a CNN reporter on Tuesday. LUMA operates the power grid in Puerto Rico.

On the same day the attorney general in New York call him Federal authorities are investigating the energy provider, saying residents continued to experience frequent outages and high electricity prices after five years Hurricanes Irma And the Maria and “after spending billions of federal dollars to modernize and strengthen the island’s power grid.”

Fiona gets stronger as she rushes north

Fiona condense into a Class 3 A storm as it moved off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic early Tuesday.
This is the first major hurricane – Category 3 or higher – of the year Atlantic hurricane season.
The Turks and Caicos Islands could see 4 to 8 inches of rain Tuesday above what it received earlier, as well storm surges — Ocean water pushed into land — 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels Tuesday evening, according to the Hurricane Center.

Hurricane status persists in Turks and Caicos Tuesday evening, and tropical storms — winds of at least 39 mph — are expected over parts of the southeastern Bahamas over the next few hours, the Hurricane Center reported Tuesday evening.

A boost is expected as Fiona switches from Turks and Caicos. It may be a Category 4 storm — with sustained winds of 130 to 156 mph — late Wednesday over the Atlantic. You could be in category 4 when you pass Bermuda, meteorologists Say.

Over the weekend, Fiona could make landfall in eastern Canada as a hurricane. It’s too early to know exactly where or how strong it is.

Fiona leaves behind a devastated Puerto Rico

Tuesday marks five years since Hurricane Maria disastrous In Puerto Rico and some of those who experienced the 2017 crisis say the devastation of floods in Fiona could be even more severe.

Juan Miguel Gonzalez, a Puerto Rican business owner, told CNN that his neighborhood had not yet finished recovering from Maria when she hit Fiona. But this time, he says, the floods caused more damage to their homes.

“Lots of people – more than (through) Maria – have lost their homes now … have lost everything in their homes to the floods,” Gonzalez told CNN on Monday. “Maria’s wind was stormy. But this wind, with all the rain, destroyed everything in the house.”

Getsabel Osorio stands in her home that was destroyed by Hurricane Maria five years ago before Fiona arrived in Luisa, Puerto Rico.

Officials said water service was also disrupted for most people, because river flooding affected filtration operations and must subside before safe treatment can resume. The province’s Canal and Sewerage Authority said about 60% of customers on the island had no running water on Tuesday morning.

Pierluisi said more than 1,200 people were staying in about 70 shelters on the island on Tuesday. Major General Jose Reyes, an assistant general in the Puerto Rican National Guard, said emergency crews were battling relentless rain to save nearly 1,000 lives as of midday Monday.

On Tuesday, the governor said school buildings will be checked to make sure it is safe for students to return to class in the coming days.

National Guard forces direct traffic as Resident Luis Nogueira helps clear a road damaged by Hurricane Fiona in Cayai, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday.
In addition to hundreds of Puerto Rican National Guard personnel helping with rescue and recovery efforts, the White House said Monday that President Joe Biden told Pierluisi during a phone call that he Federal support will increase in the coming days.

“With damage assessments in place, the president said the number of support personnel will increase significantly,” the White House said.

New York Governor Cathy Hochhol also announced that the state will send 100 state troops to assist relief efforts in Puerto Rico. She also said that teams from the New York Energy Authority are available to help restore energy.

More than a million customers left without water service in the Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, where Up to 20 inches of rain Juan Manuel Mendes, the country’s director of emergency management operations, said emergency workers, who had fallen into places, brought nearly 800 people to safety. He said at least 519 people took refuge in the country’s 29 shelters on Monday.

As of Monday afternoon, at least 1018,564 customers across the Dominican Republic had no access to running water as 59 aqueducts were out of service and many others were only partially operating, according to Jose Luis Germain Mejia. National Emergency Management Officer.

Emergency management officials said some in the Dominican Republic were also out of power on Monday with 10 circuits out. It is unclear how many people have been affected by the blackout.

Correction: This story has been updated with the correct age of the second victim in Puerto Rico, following updated information from officials.

CNN’s Leila Santiago, Nikki Carvajal, Robert Shackleford, Artemis Moustachian, Taylor Ward, Holly Yan, Christina Maxuris and Jamil Lynch contributed to this report.