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Hurricane Fiona Rips Through Powerless Puerto Rico

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.

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Havana (AP) -- Hurricane Fiona struck Puerto Rico's southwest coast on Sunday as it unleashed landslides, knocked the power grid out and ripped up asphalt from roads and flung the pieces around.

Hundreds of people were evacuated or rescued across the island as floodwaters rose swiftly. Rushing rivers of brown water enveloped cars, first floors and even an airport runway in the island's southern region.