The hurricane has climbed to category 2 of the five on the Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the latest report from the US National Hurricane Center.
- Hurricane Fiona General blackout and catastrophic damage in Puerto Rico
The hurricane fiona has left this monday one dead and more than 12,000 displaced by flooding and damage to homes in Dominican Republicaccording to authorities, after causing damage after it caused “catastrophic” damage in Puerto Rico.
Rainfall and strong winds have forced 12,485 people to move to “safe areas” since early Monday morning, 1,047 of them to state shelters, explained the Major General Juan Mendez Garciadirector of Emergency Operations Center (COE), when giving a bulletin to the press in which he has confirmed the death of a person in Naguain the north of the country.
The deceased man was cutting a tree in his house for prevention.
In several sectors there are interruptions of electricity and water services. The hurricane has escalated to category 2 from five in the Saffir–Simpson scaleaccording to the last report of the United States National Hurricane Center (NHC for its acronym in English).
The agency estimates that Fiona continue to strengthen and the rains will continue with possible new “catastrophic” flooding this Tuesday, both in Puerto Rico as in the east of Dominican Republic. It is expected that the center of Fiona pass near the british isles Turkish Y Caicos.
The center of the hurricane, however, is already outside Dominican territory, so the COE has lowered the status of Red alert to 7 provinces of the 32 in the country. The red alert came to cover 18 of these regions on Monday.
Punta Cana, catastrophic zone
President Louis Abinader declare “disaster zones” to three eastern provinces: The Altagracia -to which the tourist belongs Punta Cana-, The Seibo Y Hato Mayor. The residents of the poor neighborhoods of this last region, one of the areas on alert for the hurricane, were walking this Monday between their wooden houses with water up to their ankles, AFP journalists have been able to confirm.
Flooded streets, blocked roads and power poles have also left Fiona in Bavarian, see Y Friusein Punta Cana.
“I went by very fast,” he says. Vincent Lopezin charge of taking care of the puntacanera beach of Bibijagua, who regrets the destroyed businesses. The local press reports flooding in other coastal towns such as Higey.
The Dominican Republic, with 10.5 million inhabitants, suspended the working day on Monday due to the rains, which will continue at least until Thursday according to projections from the national weather office (Onamet).
Puerto Rico, in a state of emergency
Fiona caused serious damage on Sunday in Puerto Rico, with torrential rains that left the island without electricity and that led to the president Joe Biden to declare the state of emergency for this US territory, a measure that allows federal funds to be released for relief work.
Fiona also caused serious damage by spending Friday night IN Guadeloupewhere a man died dragged with his house by the flooding of a river.
The Governor of Puerto Rico, Peter Pierluisi, warned this Monday at a press conference that the rain will continue to hit the island for at least two more days, and asked the population to stay in their homes or in shelters. “We are going through a tough time, but our people are strong,” the official encouraged.
After that Fiona would cause a general blackout on Sunday in Puerto Ricoof 3.1 million inhabitants, the electrical network has barely been able to be restored for some 100,000 users, the company in charge of electricity distribution reports on Twitter.
More than 800,000 people, the authorities report, have also been left without drinking water service. “We are without light and without water,” he says. Elena Santiagohospital anesthesiologist Aibonite Mennonite. “The hospital is operating with a generator. Only emergencies are being attended to.”
The Puerto Rican government has suspended classes and the work day, except in the cases of workers in critical positions or emergency services.
With the passage of Hurricane Maria, which caused almost 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico in 2017, the island was cut off from communication and large areas were without electricity for months. The warming of the ocean surface, according to experts, increases the frequency of the most virulent hurricanes, with stronger winds and more intense rains.