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Puerto Rico on edge as Hurricane Fiona closes in; 'catastrophic flooding' expected

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PR braces for storm

Puerto Ricans braced Sunday as Hurricane Fiona barreled closer, nearly five years to the day after a blockbuster system ravaged the island and left thousands dead.

Fiona, a Category 1 storm, was expected to unleash life-threatening rainfall and dangerous mudslides, forecasters said. "Catastrophic flooding" was likely across Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, the National Hurricane Center said as the eye of the storm approached the southwest coast of Puerto Rico.

“It’s time to take action and be concerned,” said Nino Correa, Puerto Rico’s emergency management commissioner.

Hundreds of thousands of customers were already without power in the U.S. territory of 3.2 million people Sunday afternoon, and President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency.


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