Hurricane Fiona leaves one dead as it hurtles toward landfall in Puerto Rico

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A storm that has already killed one was turned into a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday as it swept into Puerto Rico, threatening to drop massive amounts of rain on the island’s southern coast.

President Biden issued an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico on Sunday as FEMA prepared for the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona, which was expected to bring up to 25 inches of rain, with the most affected areas seeing between 12 and 16 inches.

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Fiona, then a tropical storm, killed a man in the French territory of Guadeloupe on Friday after his home was washed away by flooding. His body was found on Saturday.

The storm upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday when it reached sustained winds of 80 mph and swirled about 80 miles south of the city of Ponce.

“These rains will cause life-threatening flash flooding and urban flooding in Puerto Rico and the eastern Dominican Republic, along with mudslides and landslides in higher elevations,” the National Hurricane Center said.

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“What worries me most is the rain,” said National Weather Service forecaster Ernesto Morales.

The National Weather Service said Saturday that the Blanco River in the southeast of the island is already flooding and told those living nearby to flee.

The storm upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday when it reached sustained winds of 80 mph.
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The area expected to be hit by the hurricane is still reeling from a series of earthquakes in 2019 causing significant destruction.
The area expected to be hit by the hurricane is still reeling from a series of earthquakes in 2019 that caused significant destruction.
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Fiona will land just two days before the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria, the Category 5 hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico's electrical grid and killed about 3,000 people.
Fiona will land just two days before the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria, the Category 5 hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico’s electrical grid and killed about 3,000 people.
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President Biden issued an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico on Sunday as FEMA prepared for the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona.
President Biden issued an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico on Sunday as FEMA prepared for the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona.
TNZT Photo/Alejandro Granadillo
The National Weather Service said Saturday that the Blanco River in the southeast of the island is already flooding and told those living nearby to flee.
The National Weather Service said Saturday that the Blanco River in the southeast of the island is already flooding and told those living nearby to flee.
TNZT Photo/Alejandro Granadillo
A storm that has already killed one person expanded into a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday as it swept toward Puerto Rico.
A storm that has already killed one person expanded into a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday as it swept toward Puerto Rico.
TNZT Photo/Alejandro Granadillo
Hurricane Fiona has already killed one person as tons of rain continues to fall on Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Fiona has already killed one person as tons of rain continues to fall on Puerto Rico.
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The area expected to be hit by the hurricane is still reeling from a series of earthquakes in 2019 causing significant destruction.

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Fiona will land just two days before the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria, the Category 5 hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico’s electrical grid and killed about 3,000 people.

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