Sep 19, 2022
Puerto Rico hit by Hurricane Fiona, 5 years after Hurricane Maria Transcript
The governor of the island is calling the damage “catastrophic” as the storm leaves communities devastated and without power. Read the transcript here.
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Speaker 1: (00:00)
… 16 emergency responders working to try to provide life-saving relief after Hurricane Fiona slammed into Puerto Rico.
Speaker 2: (00:07)
You can see that video there, the strong winds and the flooding that ripped through its coast. Eyewitnesses News reporter Wakisha Bailey is with us now and tells us more on how the island is responding to this storm. Wakisha, good morning.
Wakisha Bailey: (00:19)
Good morning, Natasha, Janelle. It just seems like the people of Puerto Rico just can’t get a break. Now there’s still many of them recovering from Hurricane Maria, which hit about five years ago, and now they’re forced to recover After Hurricane Fiona.
Carmen Yulin Cruz: (00:36)
We are seeing tragedy unraveling in front of our eyes again.
Wakisha Bailey: (00:41)
Puerto Rico is seeing catastrophic flooding in the wake of Hurricane Fiona. According to the National Hurricane Center, its acting director says he’s not sure he’s ever seen rivers rise this quickly in the US.
Jamie Rhome: (00:53)
The water will rise in the order of minutes and hours and can just take you completely off guard.
Wakisha Bailey: (00:59)
The center says parts of Puerto Rico could see up to 30 inches of rain by the time the storm is over. Power has been out on the entire island. The five-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico is Tuesday. The island received billions of dollars in federal funding for its electrical grid after that storm. Power officials say the system is better now, but it’s still frail.
Speaker 6: (01:22)
That brings back so many memories.
Wakisha Bailey: (01:24)
One FEMA official says that agency has learned from Maria. It has four warehouses around the island with food, water, and generators, and a federal emergency declaration before the storm mobilized 300-plus agency employees.
Anne Bink: (01:38)
The planning effort we undertake during those blue sky days can be brought to bear when the rain falls.
Wakisha Bailey: (01:44)
One major Puerto Rican power company says some people could be in the dark for days as the waters keep rising.
Carmen Yulin Cruz: (01:50)
I can hear the pain and the desperation, and you can probably hear it in my voice.
Wakisha Bailey: (01:55)
Wakisha Bailey, CBS 3, Eyewitness News. Now that storm is headed towards the Dominican Republic. We’re told that it could hit landfall in Bahamas by Tuesday. Wakisha Bailey, CBS 3, Eyewitness News.
Speaker 2: (02:09)
All right, Wakisha. Thank you so much for that update on Fiona. Let’s …