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Millions are without power in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Fiona's impact


Hurricane Fiona left more than three million people without power Sunday in Puerto Rico.

An island-wide blackout occurred on the island Sunday as Hurricane Fiona brought sustained winds of up to 90 miles per hour. The extent of damage is unclear, as heavy rain and flooding continues to wash out roads and bridges early this week.

As of publishing, most of the island remains without power, according to utility companies' reports. Governor Pedro Pierluisi stated that the recovery process would be a "matter of days," and not months, unlike the drawn-out power restoration effort following Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Fiona is now a major hurricane forecast to bring hurricane conditions to the Turks and Caicos Islands Tuesday. By Thursday night, Fiona is expected to track near Bermuda before moving quickly into Maritime Canada by the weekend.

Impacts from Hurricane Fiona are expected to remain limited locally, with the main hazard coming in the form of rough seas through much of the week. Aside from rough surf, a life-threatening risk of rip currents will be possible by midweek from the First Coast to the Gold Coast.

Advisories and statements for coastal areas may be necessary by midweek as Hurricane Fiona produces northeasterly winds and long period swell. A number of factors could lead to localized coastal flooding through the week, but should remain generally below advisory thresholds.

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Justin Ballard