As Hurricane Fiona impacts Puerto Rico the island has suffered a complete power failure. PowerOutageUS states the reason for the power failure is due to transmission grid failures caused by Hurricane Fiona.
The eye of the storm is located near the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico and has maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h.
The National Hurricane Center is warning of catastrophic flooding across Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
Hurricane conditions are occurring in Puerto Rico and will reach the eastern Dominican Republic tonight and Monday.
Fiona is also bringing heavy rain to the region. 12 to 16 inches with local maximum of 25 inches is expected across Puerto Rico. The northern and eastern Dominican Republic could see 4 to 8 inches with local maximum of 12 inches, particularly along the northeast coast.
Heavy rain is also expected in the Turks and Caicos, British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Haiti, and the Leeward Islands.
The rainfall will cause flooding and urban flooding across Puerto Rico and the eastern Dominican Republic, along with mudslides and landslides in areas of higher terrain.
The storm is also bringing the risk of storm surge. Storm surge of 1 to 3 feet is possible. This will result in localized coastal flooding. Swells generated by Fiona are affecting the Leeward Islands, the northern Windward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the southeastern Bahamas.
The storm has already killed one person in Guadeloupe.