Storm Fiona destroys homes in Dominican Republic

STORY: Hurricane Fiona churned north on Monday (September 19) night after bringing torrential rain and powerful winds to the Dominican Republic and a total power outage in neighbouring Puerto Rico, killing at least three.

Residents of El Cuey showed their destroyed homes to Reuters. Plants, mud, and rubble were everywhere.

Some homes, like Braudin Trinidad’s, had their roofs blown off.

Fiona is the first hurricane to score a direct hit on the Dominican Republic since Jeanne left severe damage in September 2004. Fiona caused severe floods, cutting off villages, forcing about 12,500 from their homes, and leaving over 700,000 without power.

One man was killed in a treefall in the coastal town of Matancitas north of capital Santo Domingo, emergency operations informed.