Hurricane Fiona’s Impact on Puerto Rico and Caribbean Islands

Isabella Hewitt, Contents Editor

On Saturday, Sept. 17, tropical storm Fiona began its path heading toward Puerto Rico and was predicted to become a hurricane by the time it reached the island. Sunday, Sept. 18, as a Category 3 Hurricane, Fiona made landfall. 

Fiona made its first impact near Punta Tocon, the coast of Puerto Rico. Landing at 3:20 p.m. Sunday, Fiona had winds up to 85 MPH, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Fiona has already made consequential damage along Puerto Rico as the entire region is left without power, significant flooding in both rural and urban areas and one reported death in the French territory of Guadeloupe, a Caribbean Island. 

Fiona is currently headed toward the Dominican Republic, Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos area. However, by Tuesday, impact is predicted to be minimal and reach these countries. 

The Governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi, confirmed a “territory-wide” power outage in a tweet, stating that the entire electrical system has been cut off and officials have implemented the proper protocols to restore power as soon as possible.

According to Pierluisi, there are emergency funds of $550 million and enough food to feed 200,000 people for 20 days, three times a day— readily available to deal with the storm’s aftermath.

An emergency declaration was approved by President Joe Biden Sunday morning, unblocking federal resources for disaster relief and emergency response in Puerto Rico.