2 dead as Hurricane Fiona leaves much of Puerto Rico without power


San Juan, Puerto Rico — At least two people are dead as much of Puerto Rico will be without power afterwards Hurricane Fiona pounded the island for the second consecutive day with torrential rain and flash flooding.

Along Puerto Rico’s south coast, Hurricane Fiona poured down a whopping 25 inches of rain and brought winds up to 91 miles per hour. Brown floodwaters flowed in all directions, swallowing everything in its path in Santa Isabel.

In the central part of the island in Utuado, a new metal bridge was built just four years ago after Hurricane Maria swept away like a twig. Video shows neighbors using a boat and a rope desperately trying to rescue a family trapped in high water in Cayey.

Catastrophic flooding and mudslides have toppled trees and power lines in northern Toa Baja, where people stood on cars and on the second floors of their homes.

Almost the entire island is in the dark, with 1.3 million people without power and nearly 840,000 without running water.

In the western town of Anasco, Norma Rivera is determined to stay where she grew up.

“I’m not leaving,” she said. “We’re going to make sure it works, even if we have to live in tents.”

Lourdes, an old resident who did not give her last name, rode out the storm. Her community has barely recovered since Hurricane Maria in 2017.

“They’ve worked so hard for their stuff,” she said, “and now they’re losing it again.”