The whole of Puerto Rico was left without power after Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall on Sunday, caused catastrophic flooding. The storm hit the island five years after Hurricane Maria completely devastated the island, according to a report published in NBC News. The high forces of this hurricane also washed out a bridge that was installed over a national highway, the outlet added.
The landing happened at 3:20 p.m. (local time) on Sunday, which immediately caused chaos and led government officials to evacuate many areas. The tropical storm made landfall on the east coast of Puerto Rico, where it brought “record” rainfall and wind gusts of up to 85 mph (137 km/h). Many rivers in Puerto Rico are now severely flooded amid the hurricane, BNC News said.
An emergency disaster declaration has been declared for Puerto Rico by US President Joe Biden for accelerating relief processes for the island, reported Independent.
According to Luma Energy, the company that manages the transmission and distribution of electricity, electricity was initially completely cut off throughout the island, which has a population of 3.3 million. However, overnight officials said some power had started to be restored, although a full reconnection would take days.
At a press conference on Sunday, Governor Pedro Pierluisi said the tropical cyclone came “directly to the island”.
“The eye of the storm was receding, but storm impacts would continue through at least Monday,” he added later.
Radar data from @NWS indicate that the hurricane #Fiona made landfall along the southwest coast of Puerto Rico near Punta Tocon at 3:20 p.m. AST. Maximum sustained winds on landing were 85 mph (140 km/h) with a pressure of 986 mb (29.12 in Hg).https://t.co/j0OsjsddTDpic.twitter.com/B85U62octj
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 18, 2022
According to local media and eyewitnesses, five years ago Hurricane Maria ripped asphalt from highways, washed out a major highway bridge, closed airports, flooded cars and dumped so much rain that some rivers rose. 20 feet in minutes. hours. The hurricane also claimed hundreds of lives and destroyed crucial energy infrastructure in 2017.