As part of the city’s response to Hurricane Fiona, which was headed north as of Friday afternoon, Mayor Adams intends to travel to Puerto Rico this weekend.
At least five people have died due to the storm, which was reduced to a Category 4 hurricane, in Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.
After the storm pounded 30 inches of rain in some areas on Sunday, an estimated one million people in Puerto Rico still don’t have electricity.
In an interview with Caribbean Power Jam Radio on Friday morning, Adams stated, “I will be traveling there either Saturday night or Sunday morning to speak with and observe on the ground what’s taking place and meet my team that’s there already.”
We intend to conduct an assessment with Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and the broader Caribbean diaspora to provide help and conduct an analysis.
The hurricane, which made its first landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday, sped over Bermuda early on Friday and is expected to land on the Canadian coast early on Saturday.
On Thursday, Adams met with President Biden and Governor Hochul to discuss the resources needed to assist the island with Puerto Rican Governor Pedro Pierluisi.
About five years have passed since Hurricane Maria pounded the U.S. territory and killed nearly 3,000 people, and hurricane Fiona caused the most recent destruction.
Because Puerto Rico is a part of the nation, it is simpler for us to provide direct relief to that territory, according to Adams.
When we visit those other Caribbean communities, We must adhere to government regulations, especially those set forth by FEMA and other federal organizations.
They and we are collaborating, and I don’t want to go beyond what the government regulations call for.
Adams advised New Yorkers who wanted to help to give to reputable charities offering aid.
This weekend, the storm is not anticipated to impact New York City directly, but it may force higher local tides.