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Hurricane Fiona was upgraded to a Category 3 on Tuesday as it approached the Turks and Caicos Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm was centered 80 miles southeast of Grand Turk Island on Monday evening and had maximum sustained winds of 110 mph. It was moving at 10 mph to the north-northwest.
The hurricane dumped heavy rains on the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. A 58-year-old man died in US territory after being swept away by a river in the central mountain town of Comerio, police said.
The National Guard rescued more than 900 people amid floodwaters rolling through cities in eastern and southern Puerto Rico, where up to 30 inches of rain is forecast for some areas.
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At least 1,300 people and about 250 pets remain in shelters across Puerto Rico.
Islanders experienced a power outage when the storm hit the southwest corner of Puerto Rico on Sunday. But on Monday evening, authorities said power had been restored to more than 114,000 customers.
Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi said it could be days before everyone on the island has power again.
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More than 837,000 customers have had their water service cut off due to cloudy water from filtration stations or lack of electricity, authorities said.
Fiona was on her way to the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday.
Authorities in the Dominican Republic have reported that a man died after being hit by a falling tree. The storm displaced more than 12,400 people and isolated at least two communities in the country.
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The hurricane blocked several Dominican highways, a tourist wharf in the town of Miches was badly damaged by high waves and at least four international airports were closed.
Dominican President Luis Abinader said authorities would need several days to assess Fiona’s impact.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.