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VIDEO: Hurricane Fiona causes catastrophic flooding throughout Puerto Rico

(PUERTO RICO) – Hurricane Fiona has ensued catastrophic flooding throughout Puerto Rico after making landfall at 3:30 p.m. Sunday near Punta Tocon, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters predict local maximum totals of 30 inches in rainfall, producing deadly flash flooding in eastern and southern areas of the island.
“These rains will produce life-threatening and catastrophic flash and urban flooding across Puerto Rico and the eastern Dominican Republic, along with mudslides and landslides in areas of higher terrain,” stated the National Hurricane Center.

Pedro Pierluisi, governor of Puerto Rico, stated at a press conference Sunday that authorities have deployed the National Guard in search of missing people and to evacuate areas where dangerous flooding is anticipated.
“Hurricane Fiona has blanketed Puerto Rico,” Pierluisi said in a statement. “This has been a direct impact that has covered all of the island.”
Approximately 100% of the island is without power, effecting nearly 1.5 million people.
Cat 1 Hurricane Fiona is anticipated to become a major hurricane within 36 hours when the storm reaches southeastern Bahamas early Tuesday, according to reports.
President Biden approved an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico Sunday, authorizing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to offer response efforts and assistance.

Abner Gomez, head of public safety and crisis management at LUMA Energy, said to not expect the same disastrous power outage results as Hurricane Maria, which left more than 90% of Puerto Rico without electricity months after the calamitous Cat 5 killed 2,975 people in 2017.

“This is not Maria,” Gomez asserted. “This hurricane will not be Maria.”