The national power grid in Puerto Rico failed hours before Hurricane Fiona hit the island on Sunday afternoon. LUMA, the company that owns the power grid, blamed the failure on the strong winds and copious amounts of rain that hit the island before the hurricane. LUMA had promised to restore the power grid faster than it was restored in 2017 when Hurricane Maria initially devastated the island’s infrastructure. However, days have passed since this announcement. With rainfall expected to reach 25 inches in the upcoming days, Puerto Ricans have little faith in the company’s ability to efficiently reconnect them with power.
The Dominican Republic is currently facing “extremely heavy rainfall” and winds as strong as 90 miles an hour, reported the U.S National Hurricane Center, as the conditions in Puerto Rico begin to diminish. The storm hit the Dominican Republic on Monday after hitting Puerto Rico first Sunday afternoon and leaving the island without power.