[World Now] Broken bridge floats… Hurricane Fiona hits Puerto Rico

The strong rush in the yellow muddy water washes your legs away.

Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico, an island nation in the northeast Caribbean Sea, on the 18th local time.

Fiona, which was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane after gaining tropical storm strength at dawn, made landfall on Puerto Rico’s southwest coast in the afternoon.

Landslides and flood damage caused by strong winds of 140 km

The impact of rain and wind, which reached a maximum speed of 140 km / h, reached 220 km from the center of Fiona, and at one point the whole island was covered in clouds.

The storm’s furious force has caused major regional power lines to collapse or fail, and at one point the entire island was cut off.

Power company Luma Energy said on Twitter that “critical transmission line systems have been shut down due to bad weather, resulting in massive power outages,” and that full restoration could take several days given the current weather.

Roads and bridges were lost in places including the capital San Juan, and houses were flooded.

In the north of Caguas, a landslide caused the village’s roads to be muddy.

In some medical institutions, power generation facilities were stopped and emergency repairs were carried out.

Governor Pedro Pierluisi said the damage was “catastrophic” and that “the National Guard is in emergency operation to ensure the safety of residents.”

Although the number of casualties has not yet been officially counted, it is known that around 1,000 people have been displaced out of a population of 3.2 million.

Even the damage to ‘Maria’ 5 years ago could not be repaired, increasing the difficulty

Puerto Ricans faced ‘Fiona’ in a state of extreme tension while still not recovering from the impact of Hurricane Maria, which killed 3,000 people in September 2017.

The residents prepared for the worst by stockpiling emergency food and putting wind screens on the windows.

However, around 3,000 of the houses damaged by ‘Maria’ five years ago have not been restored, and only blue tarpaulins are being put on the roofs, so there is concern that there will be difficulties caused by ‘Fiona’ gets worse.

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