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Tropical storm "Fiona" rages in the Caribbean: red alert – power outages and floods

Created: 09/20/2022, 2:06 p.m

Die Karibik wird von einem tropischen Wirbelsturm heimgesucht: Hurrikan „Fiona“ treibt sein Unwesen
The Caribbean is hit by a tropical cyclone: Hurricane “Fiona” is up to mischief. © IMAGO/NOAA

Central America is hit by a tropical storm that brings with it a high level of destruction. “Fiona” rages in the Caribbean countries of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Santo Domingo/San Juan – Hurricane “Fiona” is wreaking havoc in Central America, leaving a trail of devastation through the countries of Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The tropical storm had gained strength over the Atlantic over the weekend and was upgraded to a hurricane en route to Puerto Rico.

This led to a trail of devastation and a complete blackout in the troubled country, a suburb of the United States, affecting more than three million residents. Since the terrible hurricane year 2017 (“Maria” and “Irma”) with thousands of fatalities, the island of Puerto Rico has suffered from the devastating effects on the infrastructure.

Tropical Storm “Fiona” over Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic – power failure and flooding

The tropical cyclone called “Fiona” also caused severe damage. In “numerous regions” that have never experienced flooding, more rainwater has collected than ever before. “Fiona” raged there more violently than the devastating hurricane “Maria” in 2017, explained Governor Pedro Pierluisi. According to the authorities, a total of 800,000 people were cut off from the drinking water supply due to the damage caused by “Fiona”, and at least two people died.

Tropical storm “Fiona” rages in the Dominican Republic – state of emergency in 16 provinces

Shortly thereafter, hurricane “Fiona” moved further west towards the Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean state at least one person died as a result, further fatalities are feared. More than 12,000 people have been forced to leave their homes, said General Juan Méndez García, Director of the Center for Rescue Services. The storm also caused numerous flooded streets and power outages.

According to the US Hurricane Center (NHC), while tropical storm “Fiona” swept across the Dominican Republic, it had wind speeds of up to 150 kilometers per hour. The local authorities imposed a red alert for 16 of the 32 provinces of the Caribbean country. According to calculations, the tropical storm will move east of the coast of the United States in the coming days:

The Atlantic hurricane season typically lasts from June to November. Hurricane Fiona is currently moving towards the north of the Turks and Caicos Islands, which belong to Great Britain. (PF/AFP)

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