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VIDEO: Hurricane Fiona causes blackout throughout Puerto Rico and catastrophic damage

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A few days after the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria, the most disastrous recorded in the history of Puerto Rico and which left 3,000 dead, now Fiona threatens more damage and possible human losses

More than 1.4 million were reported without power in Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon as Hurricane Fiona made landfall, making landfall along the southwest coast near Punta Tocón with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour.

Meanwhile, a hurricane warning is in effect for Puerto Rico and the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, from Cabo Caucedo to Cabo Francés Viejo, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday.

The hurricane warning “means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 24 hours,” according to a National Hurricane Center (NHC) announcement, “Preparations to Protect the life and property must be completed quickly.”

In his last press appearance, the governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi, acknowledged that there is “catastrophic damage” on the island, both in private homes and public infrastructure.

The NHC warned that the hurricane has “very dangerous winds”, it could produce flooding by storm surges of 1 to 3 feet on the east and south coast of the island and bring rainfall of between 12 to 16 inches, and in some areas up to 25 inches.

Permanent blackout

“As a result of the bad weather, the electrical system has suffered several interruptions in the transmission lines, which contributed to a blackout throughout the island,” LUMA Energy, the company in charge of the transmission and distribution of electricity, reported on Twitter.

The company announced that “due to the magnitude and scope of the blackout, the total restoration of the electrical service may take several days.”

Puerto Rico’s power grid is very fragile, especially since Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island five years ago and wiped out all of its power lines, leaving much of the population in the dark for months.

Just Fiona’s arrival occurs just 2 days before the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria, which caused some 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico and damage estimated at 100,000 million dollars.


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