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Monday Afternoon Update (09/19/2022)
Hurricane Fiona continues to slowly track towards the west-northwest as of Monday afternoon at 9 mph and maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. While the central circulation is well to the northwest of Puerto Rico, wrap-around bands continue producing heavy rain across portions of Puerto Rico.
Power has been restored to 10 percent of the island, but the majority of it still remains in the dark. Past 72-hour rainfall estimates range from five inches to almost 30 inches! It is important to note, that the terrain contributed to who saw the heaviest rain and areas that saw the lower amounts. The strong squall lines that continue to move onshore will increase the total rainfall in the next 24 hours.
Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico Sunday afternoon at 2:20 in the afternoon, Central Time. Landfall was observed on the extreme southwest coast of Puerto Rico, near Punta Tocon. At the time of landfall maximum winds were at 85 mph and the pressure was 986 millibar. The island is experiencing 100 percent power failure. President Joe Biden has declared an emergency for Puerto Rico.
Heavy rain continues to fall over Puerto Rico as the outer bands wrap in. Totals are forecast to range from 12 to 16 inches with isolated higher amounts possible. The heavy rain has already led to river levels over 20 feet for the majority of the rivers. As of Sunday evening, Rio Grande De Loiza has the highest river level. Catastrophic flooding is ongoing and will likely lead to mudslides.
With the 7 pm update Sunday afternoon, Fiona continues to slowly meander towards the west-northwest at nine miles per hour. Maximum winds remain at 85 mph, with higher gusts occurring. The track of the hurricane will continue to slowly move west before shifting northward. As this system travels over the open waters of the Atlantic, it will further strengthen to potentially a category three hurricane.
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Remembering Major Hurricane Maria
In 2017, Hurricane Maria produced catastrophic damage in Puerto Rico. Just before the center of Maria made landfall, the extreme winds destroyed the radar site. The intense winds also led to structural damage along with 80 percent of the power poles and transmission lines coming down. By the end of 2018, 65 percent of the power was restored in Puerto Rico.
Most of Puerto Rico is still trying to recover and rebuild after the destruction Maria caused. A metal bridge, that finally opened after Maria, has been swept away from flood waters thanks to Hurricane Fiona.