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Hurricane Fiona Leaves One Dead In Dominican Republic After
A flooded street in Nagua, Dominican Republic, on September 19, 2022

Hurricane Fiona discarded torrential rain on the Dominican Republic and left someone there dead on Monday after triggering major flooding in Puerto Rico and extensive power blackouts throughout both Caribbean islands.

The storm enhanced to a Category Two cyclone late Monday, stated the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), which forecast continuing rains and possible new catastrophic floods during the night in both Puerto Rico and the eastern Dominican Republic.

Red notifies were in result in 7 of the island's 32 provinces-- below 18 earlier in the day-- with more than 12,000 individuals safeguarding in safe locations, according to emergency situation services.

One man passed away in the storm while cutting down a tree in his house as a precautionary procedure, authorities stated, without offering additional information.

Several roads were flooded or cut off by falling trees or electric poles around the Dominican resort of Punta Cana where the electrical power was knocked out, an AFP reporter on the scene said.

President Luis Abinader declared 3 eastern provinces to be catastrophe zones: La Altagracia-- home to Punta Cana-- El Seibo and Hato Mayor.

Civil defense workers and firefighters remove fallen trees from a highway in the Dominican Republic

Footage from local media showed locals of the east coast town of Higuey waist-deep in water, trying to restore individual belongings.

"It came through at high speed," Vicente Lopez, in the Punta Cana beach of Bibijagua informed AFP, bemoaning the damaged businesses in the area.

Fiona was packing optimal continual winds of 100 miles per hour (155 kilometers per hour), according to the NHC, which expected it to enhance Tuesday to a Category Three storm-- making it this season's first major Atlantic cyclone.

After passing close to Turks and Caicos late Monday or early Tuesday, the storm is anticipated to track north later on in the week, out into the ocean-- although it might come perilously near small Bermuda.

In Puerto Rico-- where the rain was still beating down-- US President Joe Biden has actually declared a state of emergency, licensing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide help.

-- 'They were weeping'--

In this handout photo provided by the Puerto Rico fire department, firefighters work to get rid of a fallen tree from a roadway in Vega Baja, Puerto, Rico

Governor Pedro Pierluisi said the storm had triggered disastrous damage considering that Sunday, with some locations dealing with more than 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rainfall.

On Monday afternoon, Nelly Marrero made her way back to her house in Toa Baja, in the north of the US island territory, to clean out the mud that rose within after she evacuated a day earlier.

"Thanks to God, I have food and water," Marrero-- who lost whatever when Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico 5 years earlier-- informed AFP by telephone.

Hearing the flood alert ring out, Marrero headed out into the rain with her daughter and three baby grandchildren, seeking haven at a relative's house.

"It was really challenging with the babies-- they were weeping, they didn't comprehend what was going on," she stated.

Across Puerto Rico, Fiona triggered landslides, blocked roads and toppled trees, power lines and bridges, Pierluisi said.

A guy was killed as an indirect result of the power blackout-- burned to death while trying to fill his generator, according to authorities.

The governor said Fiona had actually caused "unprecedented" flooding which more rain was expected "throughout the island today and tomorrow".

The storm has caused one casualty-- a man who was eliminated after his house was swept away by flooding in the French overseas department of Guadeloupe

Most of Puerto Rico, an island of three million people, lacked power, but electrical power had actually been restored for about 100,000 clients on Monday, the guv stated.

The typhoon has likewise left around 800,000 people without drinking water as a result of power blackouts and flooded rivers, authorities said.

"We are without electrical energy and water," Elena Santiago, an anaesthesiologist at the Mennonite hospital in Aibonito informed AFP.

"The medical facility is running with a generator. Only water remediation company are being addressed.

- Blackout problems -

Fiona seen from space off the coast of Puerto Rico

Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category One typhoon, at the most affordable end of the five-tier Saffir-Simpson scale.

Before that, the storm had actually caused one death in the French overseas department of Guadeloupe, when Fiona was still classified as a tropical storm.

After years of monetary troubles and economic crisis, Puerto Rico in 2017 stated the largest insolvency ever by a local US administration.

Hurricane Fiona

Later that year, the double hit from 2 Hurricanes, Irma and Maria, added to the anguish, devastating the electrical grid on the island-- which has suffered from significant facilities problems for years.

The grid was privatized in June 2021 in an effort to solve the issue of blackouts, but the problem has persisted, and the entire island lost power previously this year.

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