Hurricane Fiona has dumped great quantities of rain on Puerto Rico, leaving components of the island underwater.
In response to the Nationwide Climate Service, greater than 2 toes of rain is estimated to have fallen throughout southeastern components of the island as of Monday morning. Salinas, situated on the southeast coast, obtained greater than 18 inches of rain. The city received 2.2 inches of rain in simply an hour and wind gusts of 55 mph on the top of the storm, in keeping with the NWS.
Aerial footage launched by Gobierno Municipal de Añasco captures main flooding in Añasco, Puerto Rico on Monday.
Drone video recorded by a storm chaser in Salinas confirmed block after block of houses and companies surrounded by water. The streets seemed extra like canals. The one sight that seemed in place was a car parking zone full of boats on trailers that had been flooded, making it look extra like a marina.
Video from the bottom confirmed an SUV surrounded by water as much as the highest of its wheel wells.
Neighbors who had been caught inside all day Sunday, sheltering from the hurricane, sloshed via streets Monday as they surveyed the harm.
Solely the reptiles seemed snug strolling the streets.
At the same time as Fiona departed Puerto Rico and crossed over the Dominican Republic, bands of rain continued to dump a number of inches extra on the soaked island. The NWS issued a Flash Flood Warning for Salinas till Monday night. The storm might nonetheless drop 4 to six inches of extra rain.
“Mudslide and rockfalls are seemingly in areas of steep terrain,” learn the NWS warning about life-threatening flash flooding.
“Flip round, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads,” the warning continued. “Most flood deaths happen in autos.”
Six inches of shifting water could make a walker fall, in keeping with the NWS Flood Security Data web page. Six inches of water additionally reaches the underside of most automobiles which can lead to stalling and lack of management. A foot of water can float many autos, and a pair of toes of dashing water can carry away most automobiles, SUVs and pickups.