Authorities reported no deaths straight from Fiona, however Puerto Rico officers stated it was too early to know the total scope of injury. The storm was nonetheless anticipated to unleash torrential rain throughout the U.S. territory.
Officers reported one dying related to the blackout — a 70-year-old man was burned to dying when he tried to fill his generator with gasoline whereas it was working.
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi declined to say how lengthy it will take to totally restore electrical energy, however stated for many prospects, “it’s a query of days”
The island’s Nationwide Climate Service workplace stated flash flooding was occurring in south-central elements of Puerto Rico and tweeted, “MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY!”
As much as 22 inches (56 centimeters) of rain fell in some areas of Puerto Rico and forecasters stated one other 4 to eight inches might fall because the storm strikes away, with much more potential in some locations.
Rain totals of as much as 15 inches (38 centimeters) had been projected for the japanese Dominican Republic, the place authorities closed ports and seashores and informed most individuals to remain residence from work.
“It’s vital individuals perceive that this isn’t over,” stated Ernesto Morales, a climate service meteorologist in San Juan.
He stated flooding reached “historic ranges,” with authorities evacuating or rescuing a whole bunch of individuals throughout Puerto Rico.