Hurricane Fiona: Fast Facts

Hurricane Fiona is causing widespread damage and catastrophic flooding in the Caribbean and Atlantic Canada. Learn more about the storm and how to help survivors through community-led relief efforts.


1. Hurricane Fiona is leaving a wake of destruction in the Caribbean.

The storm has killed at least eight people, and it is causing life-threatening flooding, landslides, and widespread damage.

In Puerto Rico, Hurricane Fiona dumped 30 inches of rain in some areas and caused catastrophic flooding. Power was wiped out across the island when the storm made landfall Sunday. Hurricane Fiona hit five years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and killed more than 3,000 people. Many residents had not fully recovered from that storm, and thousands were still living under tarpaulin roofs.
Source: Reuters

2. More than 1.8 million people can’t access water.

In the Dominican Republic, more than 1 million people lost access to running water after Hurricane Fiona hit. Two-thirds of customers in Puerto Rico—more than 837,000—were cut off from water service because of water filtration issues or a lack of power.
Source: The Associated Press + CNN

3. Hurricane Fiona is moving through eastern Canada.

Fiona is the first major hurricane of the Atlantic season, and it intensified into a Category 4 storm as it moved away from the Turks and Caicos Islands. In Bermuda, the storm knocked out power for about 29,000 customers before hitting eastern Canada on Saturday as a post-tropical cyclone. In Canada, it forced evacuations, downed trees and powerlines, and left hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the dark.
Source: NBC News + CNN

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4. The climate crisis is making storms stronger and wetter.

In Puerto Rico, top rainfall totals from Category 1 Hurricane Fiona are on par with rainfall from when Hurricane Maria hit the island as a Category 4 storm in 2017. In areas that are typically dry, Hurricane Fiona brought torrential downpours that couldn’t be absorbed and caused intense flooding.

Rainfall increases are one indicator of how the climate crisis is affecting storms. Warming oceans mean more energy for storms to intensify as they form. A warmer atmosphere also leads to more moisture and more precipitation.
Source: NBC News + Vox + AccuWeather

5. GlobalGiving partners are already on the ground helping survivors access food, shelter, and other emergency services.

GlobalGiving’s Disaster Response Team is working with responding partners to meet the immediate needs of Hurricane Fiona survivors and first responders. Once urgent needs are met, the GlobalGiving Hurricane Fiona Relief Fund will transition to support community-led, long-term recovery efforts as needed.

Our long-term partners on the ground in Puerto Rico are contending with damaged bridges and roads and extensive flooding that has forced many people from their homes. “Our hearts are broken, but we are ready to act,” Ariadna Michelle Godreau Aubert of Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico told the GlobalGiving team. “We are … ready to respond to a catastrophic scenario that will require immediate assistance but also social impact advocacy. After five years of walking amidst disasters, we have learned a lot. We are tired and sad, but also hopeful. We know how to respond, how to defend, how to protect. And we need you all more than ever.”
Source: GlobalGiving Hurricane Fiona Relief Fund

6. Cash is the best way to help people in need during a natural disaster like Hurricane Fiona.

Why? Survivors’ needs vary greatly throughout the life cycle of recovery. Some will require financial support, medical care, and psychological assistance years down the road. You can learn more about the importance of cash donations in this infographic.
Source: GlobalGiving + USAID Center for International Disaster Information

Help communities hit hardest by Hurricane Fiona through GlobalGiving and fuel community-led recovery.


Featured Photo: People wade through water on a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona in Salinas, Puerto Rico September 19, 2022 by REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

Note: This article was originally published on Sept. 20 at 1:30 p.m. and last updated on Sept. 24 at 1:12 p.m.

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