Hurricane Fiona moved slowly north on Tuesday, intensifying into a Category 3 storm as it approached the Turks and Caicos Islands, causing widespread damage in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
The storm killed at least two people directly in Puerto Rico: a 58-year-old man in Comerio died after being swept away by the river behind his home, and a man in his 30s died after inadvertently igniting his generator while refueling on fire.
forecaster in National Hurricane Center issues warning Parts of Puerto Rico could see an additional 1 to 4 inches of rain Tuesday as Fiona leaves. This is on top of the 12 to 20 inches of rain some areas have received, with some areas getting as much as 35 inches.
San Juan business owner Juan Miguel Gonzalez tell CNN He saw more people lose their homes in Fiona in 2017 than in Hurricane Maria, which killed more than 3,000 people.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “Maria was a strong wind. But this time, it was pouring rain and ruined everything in the house.”
Emergency crews are slowly working to restore utilities on the island, where over 1.1 million People have no power, officials told the Associated Press 837,000 customers – two-thirds of the people on the island – have no water.
In the Dominican Republic, where one death has been reported so far, more than a million people were without running water on Monday afternoon.