But the impacts caused by the weather are felt. At least one person has died within Basse-Terre within Guadeloupe in the French provincial that is Guadeloupe, According to the report from the environment agency for the territory that said the capital city was destroyed by flooding. In Puerto Rico, nearly 260,000 customers were without power at 9:15 a.m. ET Sunday according to PowerOutage.us.
The storm struck Puerto Rico about 65 miles to the southeast of Ponce with sustained speeds of 70mphjust shy of the Category 1 hurricane with sustained speeds of at minimum 74 speeds. A torrent of rainfall and stormy winds have struck Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and much of Puerto Rico.
The central part of Fiona According to forecasts currently in place is expected to be near Sunday morning, before moving towards or over the southwest region of Puerto Rico in the afternoon or in the evening.
Extremely intense rains of between 12 and 16 inches are predicted throughout a vast area across Puerto Rico, with most rain forecast for Sunday. isolated areas in eastern and southern Puerto Rico could see up to 25 inches of rain, in the heart of hurricanes. The eastern and northern Dominican Republic is also expected to get 4-8 inches of rain. This is with a possibility of total isolation of 12 inches or more.
“These rains will lead to life-threatening flash floods and urban flooding across Puerto Rico and eastern Dominican Republic, along with mudslides and landslides in areas of higher terrain,” the center for hurricanes stated.
Storm surges are a second risk, and can raise the level of the water up to 3 feet higher than normal levels at tides on the southern coast of Puerto Rico and in the Dominican Republic, where onshore winds are the strongest.
A warning of a hurricane –indicating that one is likely to hit — was given to Puerto Rico, including the islands of Vieques and Culebra in the past, but was later extended to include the Eastern Dominican Republic from Cabo Cocedo to Cabo Francis Viejo. It is believed that the US Virgin Islands and the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, from Cabo Francis Viejo westwards up to Puerto Plata, are under the watch of a hurricane on Sunday morning, which means that hurricane-related conditions are likely in the coming 48 hours.
Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday morning approved the emergency declaration of Puerto Rico and thereby freeing federal resources which include that of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to assist in emergency response and relief efforts.
The threat isn’t over once the storm moves into the area between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic Further reinforcement is anticipated and the storm may turn into one of the Category 2 storms when it moves east of the Bahamas and the government has issued a tropical storm warning for the southeast of the Bahamas and a watch for a tropical storm, or in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Tropical storms are predicted to hit the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeast Bahamas on Monday night or in the early hours of Tuesday.
CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam contributed to this report.