Hurricane Fiona hits the Dominican Republic after wiping out Puerto Rico’s power grid

Hurricane Fiona struck the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic on Monday (Sept. 19) after the Category 1 storm had caused widespread flooding, landslides and a territory-wide blackout in Puerto Rico the day before.

Fiona strengthened from a tropical storm to a hurricane on Sunday morning (Sept. 18), and the National Hurricane Center (opens in new tab) (NHC) warned that the approaching cyclone would likely bring “torrential rains and mudslides” to both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. 

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