Hurricane Fiona lumbered slowly north Tuesday, strengthening right into a Class 3 storm because it approached the Turks and Caicos Islands, having triggered widespread harm in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
At the very least two individuals have died in Puerto Rico as a direct results of the storm: A 58-year-old man in Comerio died after being swept away by a river behind his dwelling, and a person in his 30s died after inadvertently lighting his generator on hearth whereas refueling it.
Forecasters on the National Hurricane Center warned Tuesday that elements of Puerto Rico might see a further 1 to 4 inches of rain as Fiona departs. That’s on prime of the 12 to twenty inches some areas have obtained, with some localities seeing as a lot as 35 inches of rain.
San Juan enterprise proprietor Juan Miguel Gonzalez told CNN he’s seen extra individuals lose their homes in Fiona than in Hurricane Maria in 2017, which triggered greater than 3,000 deaths.
“It’s unbelievable,” he stated. “Maria was robust winds. However this one, with all of the rain, it simply destroyed every little thing in the home.”
Emergency responders are slowly working to revive utilities to the island, the place more than 1.1 million individuals are with out energy, and officers told The Associated Press that 837,000 prospects ― two-thirds of the island ― are with out water.
Within the Dominican Republic, one demise has been reported to date and greater than 1 million individuals had been with out working water Monday afternoon.