The governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi, announced this Saturday that he has requested the declaration of a federal state of emergency in the face of tropical storm Fiona, which is expected to become a category 1 hurricane when it reaches the island.
“I have requested the declaration of a federal emergency with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to begin the process of aid in the immediate response after the passage of this storm,” he said at a press conference.
Hours earlier, Pierluisi reported the declaration of a state of emergency at the state level and announced that he was ready to request its issuance from the federal government as well.
The center of the storm is “a little farther north” than it was this morning, according to the governor, so it may enter “the south central area sometime this Sunday afternoon.”
Previously it had been anticipated that the storm would enter the island through the Cabo Rojo area, in the southwest.
The latest bulletin from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami maintained that the storm’s maximum sustained winds are 60 miles per hour (95 km/h), but “hurricane conditions are expected in Puerto Rico on Sunday and Sunday night.
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