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More Than One Million Puerto Rico Residents Are Without Power from Hurricane Fiona

Over the weekend, Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico and created an island-wide crisis that has left the country’s entire electrical system out of service.

The storm knocked out a transmission grid that has left 1.4 million residents without power. Not only are Puerto Ricans in the dark, but authorities are unsure how many victims there are since a majority are unable to contact anyone for help.

Puerto Rico is still recovering from 2017’s devastating Hurricane Maria, which caused the longest blackout in U.S. history. It took nearly 11 months for the the island to fully recover power and parts of the island were still rebuilding their communities.

Hurricane Fiona is still on the move and hit the Dominican Republic Monday morning before moving on tot the southeast Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos.

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On Sunday, FEMA announced that federal emergency aid had been made available to the Puerto Rican government to assist the local government’s response to the conditions. Additionally, while advocacy groups are still waiting for the “all-clear” to move in and begin helping residents, organizations like the Red Cross are currently gathering supplies and volunteers.

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