In Science and Space: Hurricane Fiona is heading toward the Caribbean islands on Tuesday as residents of the Dominican Republic were ordered to evacuate to the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Category 2 storm is intensifying and is expected to become a Category 3 event by Tuesday afternoon with winds in excess of 178 kilometers per hour.
“Fiona’s core is expected to move near the easternmost tip of the Turks and Caicos Islands early Tuesday morning. Heavy rains and life-threatening flash floods continue to occur in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in an advisory.
The Geostationary Operational Environment Satellite (GOES) has captured the magnitude of the hurricane as it appears to be raging from space. Images show the strength of the hurricane, which is expected to bring heavy rains and life-threatening flash floods to the Caribbean.
After Fiona caused a complete power outage that killed at least two of her people and caused devastating flooding in Puerto Rico, followed by heavy rains and high winds in the Dominican Republic, Fiona traveled north through the warm Caribbean Sea on Monday.
Fiona landed in Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon, causing up to 30 inches of rain in some areas, killing at least two of her people. The storm comes five years after Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, which caused the worst blackout in U.S. history and killed 3,000 people.