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IN PHOTOS: Hurricane Fiona rips through Caribbean as storm tracks to Canada

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WATCH: Hurricane Fiona has ripped through parts of the Caribbean with Puerto Rico taking a brunt of the damage. Jackson Proskow explains how the U.S. territory is struggling to recover from the remnants of another disaster, and when Fiona could strike Canada – Sep 20, 2022

Hurricane Fiona has left behind a trail of destruction in the Caribbean as it continues to barrel toward other island nations this week.

Fiona, a Category 3 storm as of noon ET Tuesday, hit Turks and Caicos on Tuesday after bringing torrential rains and powerful winds to other countries in the region like Guadeloupe. Fiona is expected to make landfall in eastern Canada on the weekend, though the storm is expected to weaken by then.

Read more: Hurricane Fiona heads to Turks and Caicos after storm devastates Puerto Rico

As Fiona tracks north, the island nations of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic are reeling in the aftermath of the storm. Here’s a look at some of the damage hurricane Fiona has caused.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States, is still being lashed by strong winds, frequent lightning and heavy rain after hurricane Fiona made landfall there on Sunday afternoon. It brought up to 76.2 centimetres of rain in some areas.

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Streets are flooded on Salinas Beach after the passing of hurricane Fiona in Salinas, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 19. Alejandro Granadillo/AP

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Hurricane Fiona makes landfall, thrashes Dominican Republic – Sep 19, 2022

The storm comes five years after Puerto Rico was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, which triggered the worst power blackout in U.S. history. Almost 80 per cent of Puerto Rico remained without power on Tuesday, officials said. It could take days to restore power to the entire island, they added.
A man walks down a flooded street in the Juana Matos neighbourhood of Catano, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 19 after the passage of hurricane Fiona. AFP via Getty Images

Mudslides and downed trees have blocked many roads. Images show submerged cars, people wading in waist-deep water and rescue boats floating down flooded streets. About 30 per cent of drinking water customers have service, officials said. Four hundred people were rescued from flooding in the southern town of Salinas, where rain slowed to a drizzle, officials said. Puerto Rico’s south and southeast regions were the hardest hit.

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Homes are flooded on Salinas Beach after the passing of hurricane Fiona in Salinas, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 19. Alejandro Granadillo/AP

U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi on Monday, promising more support personnel for the island over the next few days. Hundreds of first responders joined recovery efforts after Biden declared an emergency on Sunday, allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to co-ordinate disaster relief for the island.

A 70-year-old man in the northern town of Arecibo died after his electric generator exploded as he tried to start it, police said. He is Puerto Rico’s first known casualty. A second man drowned, while police said an 88-year-old woman died of a heart attack.

A vehicle is submerged after hurricane Fiona in Salinas, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 19. Stephanie Rojas/AP

Dominican Republic

Hurricane Fiona made landfall in the Dominican Republic on Monday morning near the eastern coastal town of Boca de Yuma, with its centre reaching the northern coast of Hispaniola before noon. The storm has displaced more than 12,400 people and cut off at least two communities.

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Residents replace a home’s roof that was torn off by hurricane Fiona in the low-income neighbourhood of Kosovo in Veron de Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on Sept. 19. Ricardo Hernandez/AP

Fiona is the first hurricane to directly hit the Dominican Republic since Jeanne caused severe damage in September 2004. One man was killed in a tree fall in the coastal town of Matancitas, north of capital Santo Domingo, officials said.

View of a park in Samana, Dominican Republic, on Sept. 19, after the passage of hurricane Fiona. Erika Santelices/AFP via Getty Images

Hurricane Fiona left several highways blocked, and a tourist pier in the town of Miches was badly damaged by high waves. At least four international airports were closed, officials reported.

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Civil defence personnel and firefighters work removing fallen trees from the highway that connects the provinces of Maria Trinidad Sanchez and Samana, Dominican Republic, on Sept. 19, after the passage of hurricane Fiona. Erika Santelices/AFP via Getty Images

The Dominican president, Luis Abinader, said authorities need several days to assess the storm’s impact. He plans to declare a state of disaster in the provinces of La Altagracia, home to the famed resorts of Punta Cana, El Seibo and Hato Mayor.

“The damage is considerable,” Abinader said.

Broken umbrellas lie on the beach, felled by hurricane Fiona in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on Sept. 19. Ricardo Hernandez/AP

Where is hurricane Fiona tracking now?

Bermuda is the path of hurricane Fiona as it tracks north later this week, hurricane officials in the United States say. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm is likely to strengthen further as it approaches the island nation by late Thursday.

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Environment Canada is tracking hurricane Fiona. The tracker says Nova Scotia and N.L. could feel its effects by Saturday. Environment Canada photo

Environment Canada, meanwhile, issued a tropical cyclone statement Tuesday for most of Atlantic Canada. Fiona is expected to “transform into a large and potent post-tropical storm by Saturday,” the national weather agency said in a statement.

Although Fiona will no longer be a hurricane by the time it’s expected to reach Atlantic Canada, meteorologist Ian Hubbard with the Canadian Hurricane Centre said “it will still be a very powerful and strong post-tropical storm.”

There is currently an 800-kilometre range of uncertainty centred near eastern Cape Breton, according to Environment Canada. The area of uncertainty is going to reduce in size later this week, and forecasters will have more details on the expected impact then.

Read more: Canadian Hurricane Centre watching Fiona as it tracks towards east coast

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“We’ll see some very strong, possibly damaging winds, probably a lot of heavy rainfall over some areas. And we are expecting to see some coastal flooding, in terms of large waves and storm surge at some point,” Hubbard said.

Fiona’s track shows it could affect Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador by this weekend. Atlantic Canadian residents should start preparing for the potential impact, Hubbard said.

“It’s a very good time to start thinking about this storm, paying attention to it, paying attention to the latest forecast, maybe get an idea of some of the things you want to do to prepare,” he said.

“Whether that’s supplies, batteries, that sort of thing, this is the time to really start thinking about that.”

— with files from Global News’ Karla Renić, The Associated Press and Reuters

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