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Hurricane Fiona made landfall in the Dominican Republic on Monday after devastating Puerto Rico, where the power grid was destroyed and residents suffered flooding and landslides.
Maximum sustained winds on landfall in the Dominican Republic are estimated at 90 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Severe flooding from the hurricane is responsible for at least one death on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, a local official said. No deaths have been reported in Puerto Rico, but authorities say it is too early to weigh the damage from the storm which is expected to trigger torrential rains in the region on Monday.
The US territory is expected to receive up to 30 inches in its eastern and southern regions.
Ernesto Morales, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Juan, said it was “important for people to understand that it’s not over.”
Morales said flooding has reached “historic levels” and authorities are evacuating or rescuing hundreds of people in the area.
“The damage we are seeing is catastrophic,” the governor said. says Pedro Pierluisi.
The brown water flowed in the streets and in the houses and even consumed a southern Puerto Rico runway airport.
The hurricane tore up asphalt from roads and washed away a bridge in the town of Utuado, which police say was added by the National Guard after Hurricane Maria struck in 2017.
Hurricane Fiona also ripped the roofs off several homes on the island.
The storm was centered 50 miles southeast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph Sunday evening, according to the US National Hurricane Center. Fiona was moving northwest at 9 mph.
Authorities continue to assess the damage to Fiona, and many residents are unsure when power will be restored.
Luma, which operates power transmission and distribution, said bad weather, including 80mph winds, disrupted transmission lines on Sunday.
Health centers operated with generators, some of which had broken down. Health Secretary Carlos Mellado said crews rushed to repair generators at the Comprehensive Cancer Center.
More than 3,000 men still have a blue tarp instead of a roof. Infrastructure, including the electricity grid, remains weak. Reconstruction has only recently started and breakdowns remain frequent.
More than 1,000 people with around 80 pets across the island needed shelter Sunday night.
US President Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency in Puerto Rico as the eye of the storm approached the southwest corner of the island.
Fiona was expected to strike northern Haiti and the Turks and Caicos Islands on Monday after making landfall in the Dominican Republic.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.