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Hurricane Fiona leaves nearly 1.5 million residents without power

Hurricane Fiona leaves nearly 1.5 million residents without power

President Joe Biden issued an emergency disaster declaration for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona devastated the island on Sunday. This allows FEMA to step in with emergency response resources. The hurricane has left almost 1.5 million power customers in Puerto Rico without power. By nbc newsNearly 100,000 customers have had their electricity restored as of Monday afternoon, according to Luma Energy, the company in charge of power transmission and distribution in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi told a news conference that the island does not yet need humanitarian aid. He said, “We need help with the lifeguards.” He added that New York Governor Kathy Hochul has already promised to send 100 first responders to Puerto Rico.

Governor Pierluisi explained that Puerto Rico has four warehouses with enough food and water for the emergency response phase. He stressed that humanitarian aid may be needed once the island enters its recovery stage. Unfortunately, there have been a few deaths from the storm. Report status Monday afternoon; A 58-year-old man was found dead after being dragged by the currents of the La Plata River in the town of Comerío.

In addition, two other people who died in shelters during the hurricane are believed to have died of natural causes. Officials are currently waiting for the Institute of Forensic Sciences to confirm if that is the case. Puerto Rico is not the only island that experiences storms. Weather reports show that the Dominican Republic has a hurricane warning from Cabo Caucedo to Cabo Francés Viejo. The Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas are also being affected.

Our thoughts are with those affected by the hurricane!

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