The world's most devastating tropical storms

Hurricane Fiona knocks out power to entire island of Puerto Rico

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19/09/22 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Hurricanes

Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico's southwest coast on September 18 and unleashed landslides, ripped up asphalt roads, tore down bridges, and knocked the power grid out leaving the whole island in the dark. Hundreds of people were evacuated as rushing flood water quickly overtook cars and homes, and forecasters said the storm threatened to dump "historic" levels of rain until September 19, with up to 30 inches possible. According to People, at least one death has been reported in Basse-Terre, as per Sylvie Gustave Dit Duflo, vice president of Puerto Rico's environmental agency. Hurricane Fiona's sustained winds of 85 mph are expected to reach up to 120 mph, and the catastrophic damage pushed US President Joe Biden to declare a state of emergency in the unincorporated US territory as the eye of the storm approached the island's southwest corner.

Fiona also hit just two days before the anniversary of Hurricane Maria, a devastating Category 4 storm that struck on September 20, 2017, which also destroyed the island's power grid and caused nearly 3,000 deaths. People on the island had not yet recovered from that devastating storm, as CBS reports more than 3,000 homes still have weak infrastructure and a blue tarp as a roof.

Indeed, with storms like these, you truly cannot be too careful. Discover the most lethal and destructive tropical storms in history in the following gallery.

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