Hurricane Fiona on Tuesday classified the Turks and Caicos Islands as a Category 3 storm, causing devastating damage., most people still have no electricity or running water. Cyclone conditions hit the small British territory’s capital island of Grand Turk on Tuesday morning after the government imposed a curfew and urged people to flee flood-prone areas.
U.S. National Hurricane Center said part The Turks and Caicos Islands will experience “life-threatening” flooding on Tuesday.
By late Tuesday morning, the center of the storm was about 40 miles from Grand Turk, with hurricane-strength winds extending to 30 miles from the center and tropical storm winds to 150 miles.
“Storms are unpredictable,” Washington Governor Missick said in a statement in London.. “Therefore, you must take every precaution to ensure your safety.”
Fiona had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph and was moving north-northwest at 9 mph, according to the hurricane center, which said the storm could intensify further to 4 as it approaches Bermuda on Friday. Category hurricane.
Weakening is expected before entering the easternmost part of Canada over the weekend.
Police said a 58-year-old man died after being swept away by a river in the central mountain town of Comerio, which has been pouring heavy rain over the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
Another death, officials said, was related to a power outage — a 70-year-old man burned to death after trying to top up a generator while it was running.
Parts of the island received more than 25 inches of rain, with more rain on Tuesday.
National Guard brig General Narciso Cruz described the resulting flooding as historic.
“There were communities that were flooded during the storm, but Maria wasn’t,” he said, referring to the 2017 hurricane that killed nearly 3,000 people. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Cruz said 670 people were rescued in Puerto Rico, including 19 in a nursing home in the northern mountain town of Cay that was at risk of collapse.
“The river broke its banks and flooded the community,” he said.
Some were rescued by kayaks and boats, while others were snuggled into the giant shovels of excavators and carried to higher ground.
He lamented that some people refused to leave their homes, adding that he understood them.
“It’s human nature,” he said. “But when they saw that their lives were in danger, they agreed to leave.”
The blow from Fiona was more damaging because Puerto Rico has yet to recover from Hurricane Maria, which devastated the power grid in 2017. Five years later, more than 3,000 homes on the island are still covered in blue tarps.
Authorities said Monday that at least 2,300 people and about 250 pets remained in shelters on the island.
Fiona caused power outages when it struck the southwest corner of Puerto Rico on Sunday, the anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, which hit the island as a Category 3 storm in 1989.
By Tuesday morning, authorities said they had restored power to more than 285,000 of the island’s 1.47 million customers. Governor Pedro Pierluisi warned it could take days for everyone to have electricity.
Officials said water service to more than 837,000 customers — two-thirds of the island’s population — was cut off due to cloudy water at the filtration plant or a lack of electricity.
Fiona is not expected to threaten the continental United States.
In the Dominican Republic, authorities reported one death: a man who was hit by a falling tree. The storm displaced more than 12,400 people and cut off at least two communities.
The hurricane blocked several highways and a tourist pier in the town of Miches was badly damaged by high waves. Officials said at least four international airports were closed.
Dominican President Luis Abinader said it would take several days for authorities to assess the storm’s impact.
Fiona had previously struck the eastern Caribbean, killing a man on the French territory of Guadeloupe when floodwaters washed away his home, officials said.