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

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

Hurricane Fiona struck Puerto Rico, an island country in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, on the 18th local time.

Fiona, which was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane after gaining strength from a tropical storm at dawn, made landfall on the coast of southwestern Puerto Rico 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 time the entire island was covered with clouds.

The raging force of the storm has caused major regional power lines to collapse or fail, and at one time the entire island was cut off.

Power company Luma Energy said on Twitter that “severe transmission line systems were shut down due to bad weather, leading to massive power outages,” and a full recovery could take several days given current weather conditions.

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

In northern Caguas, a landslide caused the village roads to become muddy.

In some medical institutions, power generation facilities were stopped and emergency repair work was carried out.

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

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

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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.

Residents prepared for the worst by stockpiling emergency food and putting windshields on the windows.

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