Hurricane Fiona blasts Turks and Caicos Islands as a “life-threatening” Category 3 storm

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Hurricane Fiona blasted the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday as a Category 3 storm after devastating Puerto Rico, where most people remained without electricity or running water. Hurricane conditions slammed Grand Turk, the small British territory’s capital island, on Tuesday morning after the government imposed a curfew and urged people to flee flood-prone areas.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said parts of the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos would experience “life-threatening” flooding Tuesday. Storm surge could raise water levels in the British territory by as much as 5 to 8 feet above normal, the hurricane center said.

By late Tuesday morning, the storm was centered about 40 miles from Grand Turk, with hurricane-force winds extending up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm force winds extending up to 150 miles.