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Satellites watch as Hurricane Fiona hits Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic

Satellites watch as Hurricane Fiona, currently a Category 1 storm, hits the Caribbean.

Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico on Sunday (September 18), causing strong winds and heavy rain, and knocking out the island’s power grid, according to the Washington Post. (will open in a new tab). Puerto Rico has 3.2 million people; The storm hit five years after Hurricane Maria hit the island.

Despite the fact that it continues to rain over Puerto Rico, the storm hit the Dominican Republic, according to CNN. (will open in a new tab), reaching the shore early on Monday morning (September 19). The eastern part of the Dominican Republic is expected to be hit harder by the storm. (will open in a new tab) to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Hurricane Center.

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Early morning view of Hurricane Fiona on September 19, 2022, taken by the NOAA GOES-East satellite. (Image credit: CIRA/NOAA)

The storm is then expected to intensify somewhat as it passes over warm ocean water before hitting the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday (September 20). From there, the storm is forecast to turn to the north-northeast, pass over the ocean and reach Bermuda early Friday (September 23).

Hurricane Fiona is just the sixth Atlantic tropical storm to be named in this year’s hurricane season, which began June 1 and runs through November 30.

In forecasts released in May, NOAA officials said they estimate this year’s season with a 70% chance of including a total of 14 to 21 named storms, six to 10 of which they expected to be hurricanes.

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