Hurricane Fiona hits Puerto Rico – level 3

23-09-2022 07:00

On Sunday, Hurricane Fiona had made landfall at Puerto Rico; the storm caused the entire island to be without power, and it threatened catastrophic flooding.

The hurricane started landslides and mudslides with its winds of over 135 kmph. Authorities closed all ports and canceled all flights out of the main airport.

Puerto Rico’s governor said the country’s power grid remained fragile since 2017’s Hurricane Maria hit the country, which caused the largest blackout in US history. Many people hadn’t prepared for Maria because they thought nothing bad would happen. For Hurricane Fiona, they bought power generators to be ready for the storm.

US President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency to authorize the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster support. Authorities opened shelters, and they urged people to go for cover. As the storm progressed northwest, experts also forecast torrential rains and mudslides for the Dominican Republic.

Difficult words: make landfall (to move a hurricane from the ocean to land), fragile (easily broken or damaged), power generator (a device that changes mechanical energy into electric power).

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