Storm sweeps through Dominican Republic after hitting Puerto Rico

Hurricane Fiona made landfall in the Dominican Republic Monday morning after wreaking havoc in Puerto Rico over the weekend.

The Dominican Republic was hit by heavy rain and high winds, causing power outages, flooding and roofs on buildings as of Monday afternoon. Fiona strengthened into a Category 2 storm after touching land in the Dominican Republic.

“It’s important for people to understand that this isn’t over,” said Ernesto Morales, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Juan.

The Weather Channel reported that the Dominican Republic will see about 4 to 8 inches of rain, with a possibility of 20 inches. One fatality was reported from falling trees. Authorities closed ports and beaches, according to the Associated Press.

Fiona, which has maximum sustained winds of 100mph, is moving away from the Dominican Republic as of Monday night but is expected to “begin tracking north into the southwest Atlantic where intensification is expected,” The Weather Channel reported.

Forecasters said the center of the storm is heading towards the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday with an expected rainfall of 4 to 8 inches.

At least two people have died in the storm in Puerto Rico and around 1 million residents are without power. Around 200,000 people do not have access to clean water.

Puerto Rico has seen about 27 inches of rain from Fiona with a possibility of reaching 30 inches.

The damage in Puerto Rico was described as “catastrophic” by Governor Pedro Pierluisi.

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