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Hurricane Fiona made National Hurricane Center landfall on the island of Puerto Rico on Sunday ToldIt caused a total power blackout on the island as forecasters warned the storm could bring up to 25 inches of rain and dangerous mudslides.

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According to the National Hurricane Center, the center of Hurricane Fiona made landfall near the Cape of Punta Tocón in southwestern Puerto Rico at approximately 3:20 p.m. as hurricane warnings are in effect for the entire coast of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. ,

The National Hurricane Center said the storm has sustained winds of 85 mph and is moving to the northwest at about nine mph.

According to the tracking service, about 1.46 million people were without electricity as of Sunday afternoon. power outage.usThat includes all customers tracked on the island, while also Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierlusi. Confirmed Interruption in a tweet.

there is a storm progress expected Sunday night and Monday towards the north coast of the Dominican Republic.

President Joe Biden declared An emergency in Puerto Rico on Sunday allowed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to organize disaster relief efforts and offer emergency aid measures.

Fiona rained nearly 17 inches on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, leaving one person dead Flooding also occurred on Saturday and several other Caribbean islands.

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Fiona is expected to move to the northeast and move away from the east coast, potentially moving toward the island of Bermuda at hurricane strength, according For the Weather Channel.

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Puerto Rico's power grid is still recovering from Hurricane Maria in 2017, which touched down on the island as a Category 4 hurricane, which killed nearly 3,000 people and brought extreme damage and destruction. Fiona is the third hurricane and sixth named hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricane Danielle weakened to a tropical storm as it moved across the Atlantic in early September, while Hurricane Earl cleared Bermuda, but caused dangerous rip currents near the island and parts of the east coast earlier this month. made.

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Fiona is the first named Atlantic hurricane to make landfall since July and the first to hit land during an uncharacteristically calm hurricane season in the US this year. last month marked 1st of August Without a single hurricane or tropical storm in the Atlantic in 25 years, a significant change from earlier forecasts predicting the 2022 hurricane season would be unusually severe.

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$90 billion. This much Damage Hurricane Maria caused the island of Puerto Rico.

Tropical Storm Fiona strengthens as it nears Puerto Rico (new York Times)

Biden declares emergency for Puerto Rico due to Tropical Storm Fiona (Reuters)