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Puerto Rico Begins Restoring Power After Storm Snuffs Grid

  • Hurricane Fiona cut off power to entire island of 3.1 million
  • France declares state of natural disaster in Guadeloupe
Aftermath of Fiona in Capesterre-Belle-Eau, the French island of Guadeloupe, on Sept. 17.
Aftermath of Fiona in Capesterre-Belle-Eau, the French island of Guadeloupe, on Sept. 17.Photographer: Lara Balais/AFP/Getty Images
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Power is slowly being restored to parts of Puerto Rico Sunday after Atlantic storm Fiona clipped the island as a Category 1 hurricane, knocking out electricity to the entire US territory and causing “catastrophic damage,” Governor Pedro Pierluisi said. 

Packing sustained winds of 85 mph and dumping massive amounts of rain on the island, the storm damaged a bridge, washed away and blocked roads, downed power lines and sent more than 1,000 people to emergency shelters. There were no immediate reports of storm-related deaths, though communications and travel were hampered by the heavy rain and wind.