The first major hurricane of this year’s Atlantic season has killed at least five people across the Caribbean: one in Guadeloupe, two in Puerto Rico and two in the Dominican Republic.
“It was something incredible that we’ve never seen before,” Ramona Santana told CNN en Espaol in Higuay, Dominican Republic. “We are on the streets, with nothing, no food, no shoes, clothes, just what’s on your back. … We have nothing. We have God, and hope will help.”
Now packing winds of up to 130 mph, the center of Fiona is set to pass west of Bermuda early Friday, with conditions beginning to worsen Thursday, CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford said. The island nation is under a hurricane warning; The State Department said Americans have been warned not to travel there and that relatives of US government personnel may visit.
“The National Hurricane Center is certain that Bermuda will experience tropical-storm-force winds,” Shackelford said. “Once Fiona passes through Bermuda, the storm is forecast to affect Nova Scotia by Saturday afternoon.”
In the Canadian province, residents should prepare for tropical storm-like or even hurricane-like conditions, starting Friday evening, by securing outdoor objects, cutting down trees, charging cell phones. By doing and making an emergency kit, said Jason Mew, director of emergency. Management Office. He said shelters would remain open for those experiencing homelessness and those in need.
The Canadian Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for Nova Scotia from Hubbards to Brule, Prince Edward Island, le-de-la-Madeleine, and from Parsons Pond to Port aux Basques off the coast of Newfoundland.
Hurricane Fiona “could be Canada’s version of Sandy,” Canadian forecasters warned, comparing size and intensity as well as the combination of a hurricane and a more winter-like storm such as a Nor’Easter.
A Tropical Storm Watch has also been issued for several beaches in Atlantic Canada, including Cap Madeleine, Quebec and Anticosti Island, west of Brulee.
According to Environment Canada, Canada’s national weather service, residents of Atlantic Canada need to be prepared for long-term utility loss and structural damage to buildings.
“Fiona will be a landmark for Atlantic Canada,” said Brian Tang, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Albany.
As of Thursday, 495,000 customers, about 38%, have electricity in Puerto Rico, according to Luma Energy, which operates the island’s power grid.
According to Doriel Pagan Crespo, executive chairman of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority, about 890,000 customers, or 67% of all users, now have running water.
In the Dominican Republic, where Fiona took to land early Monday, 725,246 customers live without running water and more than 210,000 homes and businesses were dark on Wednesday, said Major General Juan Méndez García, director of the country’s Emergency Operations Center.
He said more than 2,260 homes were destroyed and some communities were cut off from aid.
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As Fiona entered the Dominican Republic at midnight, Iveris ran waist-deep in floodwaters to wake her neighbors in Viera Higuay, she said.
She is trying to dry her stuff now.
“The rooms are empty. I had to throw a lot. There’s no electricity or water to wash anything,” Viera told CNN En Espanol.
Meanwhile, Puerto Rico was making some progress on the relief front.
FEMA said President Joe Biden on Wednesday approved a major disaster declaration for the US territory. The move allows residents to get grants for temporary housing and home repairs as well as low-interest loans to cover uninsured property damages.
But the workers have suffered a setback in restoring power. Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority executive director Josue Colón said Wednesday that equipment problems temporarily shut down lines that were believed to be repaired back offline.
Across the island, more than 800 people were housed in dozens of shelters on Wednesday, according to Puerto Rico’s Housing Secretary William Rodriguez.
The mayor of New York City has deployed staff from city agencies to Puerto Rico to help officials surveying the damage.
According to a news release, “the team will include representatives from the New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM), the New York City Department of Buildings, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and the New York City Department of Design and Construction.” from the mayor’s office.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced Thursday his authorization of aid and recovery efforts for Puerto Rico, including the deployment of 74 New Jersey State Troopers and a civilian medical doctor.
Fiona also threatened parts of the Turks and Caicos on Tuesday, and was without power on Wednesday in several areas of British territory, namely Grand Turks, South Caicos, Salt Cay, North Caicos and Middle Caicos, on Anya. Williams, the acting governor said. island.
Officials were relieved that no one had been killed in the storm, they said when they began visiting the islands and making repairs.
CNN’s Melissa Alonso, Jessica Hasbun, Jorge Venegas, Amy Simonson, Chris Boyette and Jamie Lynch contributed to their report.