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Beryl's Remnants Trigger Flooding in Puerto Rico; 24,000 Lose Power
Published: July 9, 2018
At least 24,000 homes and businesses were in the dark in Puerto Rico as the remnants of Hurricane Beryl brought rain and strong winds to the island.
Several roads were impassable because of fallen trees, and rivers rose over their banks as the heavy downpours continued, according to the Associated Press. A landslide was reported in the town of Naranjito in northern Puerto Rico, but no injuries have been reported, the AP also said.
In the U.S. Virgin Islands, all schools in St. Croix were closed because of the storms, the St. Croix Source reported.
"Beryl's remnants should move away from Puerto Rico on Monday night, ending the threat of widespread heavy rainfall and gusty winds by early Tuesday," said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce.
Despite the storms, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello told the AP that all ports remained open, and only one cruise ship canceled a visit because of the weather. He asked some 60,000 residents who still don't have sturdy roofs following last year's damaging hurricane season to go to a shelter or stay with relatives until conditions improved, the report added.
Before the storms arrived, forecasters warned residents in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that flooding was likely due to the torrential downpours. Residents stocked up on supplies before the storm arrived; some were still grabbing food and water on Monday, fearing that the storm would cause major problems in the fragile U.S. territory.
"I'm scared that there could be a lot of rain," Delia Ayala, a 57-year-old retired government secretary, told the AP. "We fear any little rain and any little wind."
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