Families struggle as Storm Fiona destroys homes in Dominican Republic

On Tuesday, families in the Dominican town of El Cuey looked through the rubble, trying to salvage bits and pieces from their homes, which Hurricane Fiona destroyed. 

Hurricane Fiona churned north on Monday night after bringing torrential rain and powerful winds to the Dominican Republic and a total power outage in neighboring Puerto Rico, killing at least three.

Residents of El Cuey showed their destroyed homes to Reuters. Plants, mud, and rubble were everywhere. 

Some homes had their roofs blown off. 

Fiona is the first hurricane to score a direct hit on the Dominican Republic since Jeanne left severe damage in September 2004. Fiona caused severe floods, cutting off villages, forcing about 12,500 from their homes, and leaving over 700,000 without power.

One man was killed in a treefall in the coastal town of Matancitas north of capital Santo Domingo, emergency operations informed.

(Source: Reuters) 

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