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Millions without power in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Fiona

A man sits in front of a beach watching as the waves break before the arrival of Tropical Storm Fiona in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. Photo: AP/Alejandro Granadillo
Puerto Ricans braced for Hurricane Fiona on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Photo:
Puerto Ricans braced for Hurricane Fiona on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Photo:
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico- Hurricane Fiona reportedly knocked out Puerto Rico’s already-fragile electric system Sunday afternoon, September 18, 2022, leaving millions without power as authorities ask people to stay indoors because of catastrophic flooding.

According to Miami Herald, Puerto Rico is experiencing an island-wide blackout, according to private power utility operator LUMA Energy spokesman Hugo Sorrentini.

Sorrentini reportedly said the hurricane’s strong winds had caused several interruptions in the grid’s transmission lines, leaving millions without power.

“The current weather conditions are currently extremely dangerous and are hindering our capacity to evaluate the situation,” he said. “We will begin the re-establishment efforts as soon as it is safe.”

US President Joseph R. Biden declared a state of emergency in the US territory as the eye of the storm approached the island's southwest corner.

Power restoration could take 'several days'

Restoring power service for the entire island could take several days, Sorrentini said. The power company already contacted partners that could help restore power through mutual aid agreements. LUMA’s parent company, Quanta, can deploy up to 5,000 additional workers, Sorrentini told the Miami Herald.

The island is expected to get 12 to 16 inches of rain with a local maximum of 25, particularly in the south and southeast regions, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday in its 2:00 pm advisory.

Fiona’s sustained winds are 85 mph, and it’s expected to continue strengthening as it moves from very close to Puerto Rico’s southwest coast towards the Dominican Republic.

Fiona passed south of the Virgin Islands earlier today as a Tropical Storm.

15 Responses to “Millions without power in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Fiona ”

  • tom (18/09/2022, 17:25) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    We got lucky pu Rico getting licks
    • the rock (19/09/2022, 18:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You soumd very insensitive God be easy on you and not bloit the BVI because of a fool like you
  • one eye (18/09/2022, 17:55) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    I belive the entire country is out of power
  • God don't make mistake. (18/09/2022, 18:20) Like (17) Dislike (50) Reply
    Puerto Rico is corrupt, much more than the BVI, evil and wicked. You all see the ware house full of water and food that never given out. Someone discover them months after hurricane Irma & Maria..While People suffer and staff. They have some the worst leaders in the world...As a matter a fact all now people going to America afraid to go through Puerto Rico the way they ruff up and disrespect people..God knows exactly what he is doing...
    • zoe (18/09/2022, 22:00) Like (22) Dislike (17) Reply
      God know exactly what he was doing, when he destroyed the BVI, 5 years ago ^_^
      • balance (19/09/2022, 06:50) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
        Yes zoe, perhaps the BVI got what it deserved 5 years ago. But did Puerto Rico also get what it deserved 5 years ago too? And do you disagree with the comment that you responded to? Especially the part about the travelers transiting the Puerto Rico airport?

        You can't condemn one evil and sidestep the other.
    • @God dont make mistake. Yep. (19/09/2022, 06:46) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
      One thing I can say. When I saw the hundreds of pallet of water and toiletries found in a ware house months after Irma and Maria, water come from my eyes, all I could have say..Them dey leaders wicked bad.. And if someone never exposed the wicked people them, they would have kept it a secret. While they had thousands of their own people suffering.. Wicked..
    • the rock (19/09/2022, 18:28) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      If you are God fearimg you wouid of never let those low level words leave your mouth, God have mercy on you, guess what -yoi are not God, stay put his business
  • one eye (18/09/2022, 20:03) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    I saw some vedio clips not looking good for pr
  • Linda (19/09/2022, 00:33) Like (37) Dislike (0) Reply
    I feel so sorry for Puerto Rico. I hope no deaths occur. I remember they came to the BVI before the UK did, to help us when Irma destroyed us, only to be hit 3 weeks later by Hurricane Maria, and we were in no position to return the favor to them. So very sad for them. Prayers!
  • Comments (19/09/2022, 06:51) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its better to keep your mouth shut and be thought of as a fool than to open it and leave no doubt....y'all take the cake.
    Who was the first to respond to BVI after Irma.
  • Sup (19/09/2022, 08:06) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
    And is BVI going to help PR like they helped us after Irma? Doubt it. The greed in BVI is astounding.
  • tola (19/09/2022, 18:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Praying for PR
  • the rock (19/09/2022, 18:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bvi please lets help out, PR was the first out our Jost van dykians, please lets help out!

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