Hurricane Fiona has reportedly strengthened to a Category Four storm with winds up to 130 miles per hour.
Hurricane Fiona has caused severe damage throughout the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Turks and Caicos this month. Earlier this week, more than 100,000 people in the Dominican Republic and the entire island of Puerto Rico lost power. As of Tuesday, nearly 1.7 million people in Puerto Rico were still without power.
“Hurricane Fiona has severely impacted electrical infrastructure and generation facilities throughout the island. We want to make it very clear that efforts to restore and reenergize continue and are being affected by severe flooding, impassable roads, downed trees, deteriorating equipment, and downed lines,” said LUMA Energy, a power company in Puerto Rico.
The storm made its way to Turks and Caicos on Tuesday, forcing the country to implement a shelter-in-place mandate,
“We hope to have an all-clear sometime later this evening but as it stands right now, we’re still asking residents to remain indoors,” Turks and Caicos Deputy Governor Anya Williams said.
The storm will likely hit Bermuda later in the week as winds continue to increase.
“On the forecast track, the center of Fiona will continue to move away from the Turks and Caicos today, and approach Bermuda late on Thursday,” the National Hurricane Center stated, per Axios.