The Washington Post

‘Historic flooding’ in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona

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Hurricane Fiona strengthen­ed into a Category 4 storm Wednesday after devastatin­g Puerto Rico, then lashing the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands. It was forecast to squeeze past Bermuda later this week.

The storm has been blamed for causing at least four deaths in its path through the Caribbean, where winds and heavy rain in Puerto Rico left a majority of people on the U.S. territory without power or running water.

Power company officials initially said it would take a few days for electricit­y to be fully restored but then appeared to backtrack late Tuesday night. Only 26 percent had power Wednesday morning, three days after the storm hit the island.

Parts of the island received more than 25 inches of rain, and more had fallen Tuesday. Authoritie­s said there was “historic flooding.”

By late Tuesday, authoritie­s said they had restored power to nearly 380,000 of the island’s 1.47 million customers. Piped water service was initially knocked out for most of the island’s users, but 55 percent had service Wednesday morning.

 ?? ORLANDO BARRIA/EPA-EFE/SHUTTERSTO­CK ?? Fiona has left Puerto Rico without electricit­y and also devastated the Dominican Republic, above.
ORLANDO BARRIA/EPA-EFE/SHUTTERSTO­CK Fiona has left Puerto Rico without electricit­y and also devastated the Dominican Republic, above.

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