June 14, 2024

Hurrikan «Fiona» war am Sonntag als Hurrikan der Kategorie eins in Puerto Rico auf Land getroffen und hatte dort schwere Schäden angerichtet. Foto: Cbp Amo/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa

Hurricane heading towards Bermuda and Canada

Bermuda – As the second strongest type of hurricane, Hurricane Fiona approaches Bermuda. The US hurricane center NHC predicted on Thursday that the center of the storm would pass near the British Sea area overnight (local time) and move towards Canada on Friday. By then, “Fiona” is expected to weaken slightly, but move into a large, powerful hurricane with hurricane strength over the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. With sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour, Thursday was a four-fifths typhoon like the previous day.

“Fiona” made landfall as a hurricane in Puerto Rico on Sunday, causing flooding and severe damage – with Governor Pedro Pierluisi calling the scale of the destruction “catastrophic.” There was a complete blackout in the American Caribbean. Even on Thursday, 68 percent of customers were still without power in the sweltering heat, according to electricity supplier Luma Energy, and nearly 33 percent were without water, according to the Water Authority. The storm caused flooding, damage and at least two deaths in the Dominican Republic, according to media reports.

Five years after the devastating hurricane “Maria” with almost 3000 deaths, Puerto Rico’s infrastructure was already fragile, and now it has been hit hard again. US President Joe Biden on Thursday pledged the full government budget for debris removal, search and rescue, restoration of power and water and shelter and food. “We will stand by the people of Puerto Rico now, until this is over,” he said in an exchange with Pierluzzi. After Hurricane Maria, Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump’s disaster management was heavily criticized.

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