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Hurricane Fiona's Hurricane Kills 8 in Puerto Rico

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Hurricane Fiona's Hurricane Kills 8 in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Fiona's Hurricane Kills 8 in Puerto Rico Hurricane Fiona is now categorized as a category 4 hurricane, which means it is getting stronger or highest on its way to Bermuda on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. This hurricane is expected to move towards Bermuda after damaging Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic which caused power failures and eight people died.

In Puerto Rico, this storm caused flooding and landslides that indirectly destroyed the island, then two days later rolled into the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Fiona brought winds of 215 km/h on Wednesday and is expected to get stronger as it moves north toward Bermuda, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Fiona is also expected to reach Canada's Atlantic coast on Friday, September 23.

Eric Blake, head of the NHC branch in Miami, said Bermuda would experience high waves, storm surges, heavy rainfall and strong winds. Even if Fiona stayed on track and moved towards the west of the island. Bermuda will experience its worst storm on Thursday, the NHC said.

"Hopefully, the center of this hurricane remains in the west, although it could still move east and hit Bermuda," Blake said, adding that the US East Coast would experience large waves and rip currents as the storm headed for Canada.

"It's going to be a big problem there," he told Reuters, referring to Fiona's route to Nova Scotia, the Atlantic as well as Newfoundland and Labrador.

Bermuda ready to face Fiona

In Puerto Rico now about 40% of its 3.3 million population without water and without electricity, authorities are still trying to determine the extent of the devastation for rebuilding.

Hurricane Fiona has caused at least eight deaths, including a sick 4-month-old baby whose mother struggled to hospital because roads were blocked, Dr Maria Conte Miller, director of the Institute for Forensic Science, told a meeting on Tuesday.

The US Federal Emergenc has so far reported that there have been four hurricane-related deaths in Puerto Rico, with a fifth person killed in Guadeloupe.

An estimated 1.07 million homes and businesses are still without electricity in Puerto Rico, LUMA Energy said Wednesday, saying that full power recovery could take days.

The Weather Service in Bermuda has issued a tropical storm warning for the United Kingdom, 966 km east of the US state of North Carolina. Hurricane strength winds are likely depending on the storm's path, he said.

Michelle Pitcher, deputy director of the service, said the country was "like a point protruding from the ocean" with no protective shores, meaning flooding would be even more dangerous.

Even so, Pitcher said, Bermuda is ready to face Hurricane Fiona.

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