Puerto Rico, Fiona, and Illinois
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Fiona is dumping more rain on Puerto Rico. The deluge comes a day after the storm knocked out power and water to most of the island. National Guard troops have rescued hundreds of people who got stranded. The governor warned that it could take days to get the lights back on. The blow from Fiona was made more devastating because Puerto Rico has yet to recover from Hurricane Maria, which killed nearly 3,000 people and destroyed the power grid in 2017. Five years later, more than 3,000 homes on the island are still covered by blue tarps.
Senator Cristina H. Pacione-Zayas
(D) Illinois Senate District 20
A bridge over the Guaonica River in Utuado, Puerto Rico, was washed away by surging floodwaters due to Hurricane Fiona.— NPR (@NPR) September 19, 2022
The temporary bridge was installed after the previous bridge was swept away during Hurricane Maria in 2017. pic.twitter.com/FtdGOeAIl7