Ferocious Hurricane Fiona batters Turks and Caicos Islands with strong winds, torrential rain
After two landfalls, Hurricane Fiona took aim at the islands of Turks and Caicos on Tuesday. Video shows outer bands of Fiona's hurricane-force winds lashing the shores of the islands.
Hurricane Fiona brought its major hurricane-strength fury to the islands of Turks and Caicos Tuesday, causing widespread power outages and life-threatening flooding.
After dropping more than 20 inches of rain across Puerto Rico and leaving a path of destruction in the Dominican Republic, Hurricane Fiona barreled on toward Turks and Caicos on Tuesday as a Category 3 storm.
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As of Tuesday evening, Fiona was a Category 3 hurricane centered about 50 miles north-northeast of North Caicos Island and less than 800 miles south-southwest of Bermuda. It was moving north-northwestward at 9 mph.
Video from the island Providenciales showed the outer bands of Fiona's hurricane-force winds lashing the island's shores.
By late morning, the Turks and Caicos deputy governor reported island-wide power outages on Grand Turk, Salt Cay, South Caicos and North/Middle Caicos.
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A hurricane warning remains in effect for the islands, and residents are asked to stay inside for their safety.
Approximately 165 people are in shelters across the islands.
HMS Midway is expected to arrive in Turks and Caicos around 8 p.m. with crisis troops onboard who will help with damage assessments after the storm.
On Tuesday evening, Hurricane Fiona was moving north away from Turks and Caicos.
The latest track from the National Hurricane Center shows Fiona could intensify to a Category 4 storm Wednesday as it moves toward Bermuda.
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While the first half of hurricane season has been quiet, the Tropical Atlantic is now swirling with activity. In addition to Fiona, the National Hurricane Center and FOX Forecast Center are tracking two other systems in the Atlantic.