Hurricane Fiona Hits Puerto Rico

President Biden makes an emergency declaration.

The entire island of Puerto Rico lost power Sunday as Hurricane Fiona made a direct hit on the U.S. territory with dangerous winds and flash flooding conditions. Early Monday, the eye of the hurricane had passed over the island, but heavy rainfall, flash flooding, and other dangerous tropical storm conditions still impact the island as the storm continues its move. As much as 25 inches of rainfall accumulated in some areas of the island over the last two days.

On Sunday, President Biden declared an emergency and authorized the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency to help coordinate disaster relief.

Fiona will have an indirect impact on Florida with an increase in swells. Wave heights are forecast to become very large. One meteorologist said, “It’s not recommended to enter the surf because, not only are we going to be seeing an increase in that swell, but also a rise in the rip current threat” at all East Coast beaches. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the president as he considers the needs of states and territories for assistance with recovery from severe weather incidents.
  • For National Weather Service officials as they prepare and publish their forecasts.
  • For Administrator Spinrad as he oversees the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • For the leaders and people of Puerto Rico as they work to repair damages and restore power.

Sources: The Hill, Fox News Orlando


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