Some 1.3 Million Customers Without Power in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Fiona

NEW YORK (Reuters) —
A worker removes utility poles in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona in Higuey, Dominican Republic, Monday. (REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas)

An estimated 1.3 million homes and businesses remain without power in Puerto Rico Tuesday morning after Hurricane Fiona slammed into the island on Sunday, causing an island-wide power outage for its 3.3 million people.

After hitting Puerto Rico, Hurricane Fiona slammed into the Dominican Republic and was currently churning north toward the Turks and Caicos. The storm has killed at least three people.

The center of Fiona was near Grand Turk Island, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. The storm was packing winds of up to 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour) and continued to cause heavy rainfall and life-threatening flash flooding in the Dominican Republic.

Fiona hit Puerto Rico five years after Hurricane Maria knocked out all power on the island in 2017., which estimates power outages based on data from utilities, said 1.267 million customers were still without service early Tuesday based on what it called the limited information available from LUMA Energy, which operates Puerto Rico’s power grid. said there were 1.468 million power customers in Puerto Rico.

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