Puerto Rico is still without electricity after Hurricane Fiona caused an island-wide blackout . Bermuda and Canadas Atlantic provinces are preparing for a major blast from the Category 4 storm .
SAN SALVADOR, California (April 14) – President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the federal government is fully prepared to assist Puerto Rico in surviving the damage caused by Hurricane Fiona, while Bermuda and Canada's Atlantic provinces are preparing for a major blast from the Category 4 storm.Biden said at a conference in New York with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials: Were all in this together.Hundreds of FEMA and other federal officials are already on the ground in Puerto Rico, where Fiona caused an island-wide blackout, according to Biden.On Thursday, more than 60% of electricity customers lost electricity, and a third of customers were without electricity, and local officials said they couldn't promise when services would be fully restored.We weren't going to walk away.That seemed to be in stark contrast to former President Donald Trump, who was widely accused of an inadequate reaction to Maria, which took some Puerto Ricans out of electricity for 11 months.Late Thursday, the hurricane was still at Category 4 intensity as it passed through Bermuda, where officials opened shelters and declared that schools and offices would be closed.When Fiona reached Canada's Atlantic provinces, it was predicted to be a large and dangerously strong storm, most likely late Friday, as a post-tropical cyclone. Hundreds of residents in Puerto Rico were cut off from the road for four days after the storm, and people like Nancy Galarza, who was trying to get help from work crews she saw in the distance, were feeling frustrated.Everyone goes over there, she said, pointing toward the mountain's crews who were helping those who were also cut off by the storm.No one comes to see us here.I am worried for the elderly people in this area. The only way to reach the settlement is to climb over mud, rock, and rubble left by Fiona, whose floodwaters shook the foundations of nearby homes with earthquake-like force.The rocks sounded like thunder, recalled Vanessa Flores, a 47-year-old school janior.I've never heard of it in my life.It was awry. Despite the help of rescue crews, Ramiro Figueroa, 63, said his bedridden 97-year-old bedridden father refused to leave home.During the storm, mud, rocks, trees, and his sister's pickup blocked their road.Water, cereal, canned peaches, and two bottles of apple juice were given to National Guard troops and others.As Figueroa looked at the devastated landscape, where a river had changed course and ripped up the area, he said, it has really helped me tremendously. At least six municipalities have yet to receive crews in these areas, according to the group.People in the region often depend on neighbors for support, as they did after Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm in 2017 that killed nearly 3,000 residents.Miguel Veguilla said he used picks and shovels to clear the ground in Maria's aftermath.Fiona was different, unleashing massive landslides. Veguilla, like hundreds of thousands in Puerto Rico, does not have water or electricity access, but said there is a natural water source nearby.Danciel Rivera, 31, arrived in rural Caguas with a church group and attempted to bring a little cheer by dressing as a clown.In these moments, it's very important, he said, pointing out that people have never fully recovered from Hurricane Maria.These days, a lot of PTSD has cropped up. On Thursday, Puerto Rico's government said 62% of the 1.47 million residents were without electricity.About a third of customers, or more than 400,000, have no water access.Too many households and businesses are still without electricity, Biden said in New York, adding that additional utility crews would be dispatched to the island in the coming days to help restore electricity.Josu Coln, the executive director of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority, said at a press conference that areas less affected by Fiona should have electricity by Friday morning. No local or federal government officials had given an overall prediction of the storm's damage, which dropped up to 30 inches in some areas.Fiona had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph), according to the US center.It was about 195 miles (315 kilometers) west of Bermuda and traveling north-northeast at 21 mph (33 kph), it was centered about 195 miles (315 kilometers) west of Bermuda.Hurricane-force winds stretched outward up to 115 miles (185 kilometers) from the center of the country, and tropical storm-force winds stretches outward up to 275 miles (445 kilometers). Let us all remember to take care of ourselves, our families, and neighbors.Keep safe.The Canadian Hurricane Centre has issued a warning for the vast coastal expanses of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island.Hurricanes in Canada are a bit unusual in part because they lose their main source of energy once they reach colder waters and become extratropical. They can be quite different in appearance as well.They lose their symmetrical shape and become more like a comma.At least five deaths have been recorded in Puerto Rico, two in the Dominican Republic, and one in Guadeloupe, France.On Tuesday, Fiona also struck the Turks and Caicos Islands, but authorities there reported moderate damage and no deaths.