Calls for Reform in Puerto Rico as Hurricane Fiona Leaves Island Without Power
Ask Students: Where has Hurricane Fiona struck? What are some of the ways Fiona has impacted Puerto Rico and when was it last struck by a devastating hurricane?
Track map of Hurricane Fiona of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season. The points show the location of the storm at 6-hour intervals. | FleurDeOdile
Parts of the northern Caribbean washed away as heavy rains and winds from Hurricane Fiona bombarded islands. Puerto Rico saw some of the worst as homes, roads and businesses were still underwater after days of rain. William Brangham reports. For a transcript of this story, click here.
What is the major reform being called for after the latest storm? Why do you think Puerto Rico’s infrastructure is not equipped to recover after major disasters? Who should take responsibility?
Media Literacy: What interests do you think Puerto Rico’s Resiliency Law Center represents? How can you find out?
Look at the chart in the tweet below from the National Weather Service in San Juan to see how different parts of the island received staggeringly different amounts of rainfall.
Latest Radar Total Estimate from Hurricane Fiona (Friday Afternoon to Today morning).
Estimados de Radar más recientes totales del Huracán Fiona (viernes hasta la mañana de hoy). #prwx #usviwx pic.twitter.com/trzGnESaKd
— NWS San Juan (@NWSSanJuan) September 20, 2022
Follow this link to read about how to help Puerto Rico following the storm. To better understand some of the challenges to reform in Puerto Rico, watch the following video from 2020 as the island prepared to vote on new leadership and a referendum to become a U.S. state.