Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico as a Category 1 storm on Sept. 18 with historically large amounts of rainfall and shut down electricity on the island. Parts of Puerto Rico were hit with over 30 inches of rain, causing significant damage to bridges and roads from flooding and mudslides.
Hurricane Fiona came five years after Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm that left nearly 3,000 people dead in 2017 and devastated the island’s power grid. Afterward, it took almost a year for electricity to be restored to all residents of Puerto Rico in 2018.
At least 21 people have died from Fiona, according to the Department of Health in Puerto Rico.
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico had asked Biden to prioritize rebuilding the island’s transportation infrastructure.
“We want to be treated in the same way as our fellow Americans in times of need. All American citizens, regardless of where they live in the United States, should receive the same support from the federal government,” said Pierluisi.
President Biden traveled to Puerto Rico on Oct. 2 and promised $60 million in hurricane relief funds from the federal government to help rebuild areas in Puerto Rico that Fiona hit.
As Puerto Rico slowly recovers from Hurricane Fiona, Florida was decimated by Hurricane Ian, a Category 4 storm. Many residents on the mainland and island communities were left without power, and many found themselves homeless.
The current death toll from Hurricane Ian is 127 in Florida. Five deaths were attributed to the storm in North Carolina.
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden traveled on Oct. 5, Wednesday, to survey the damage in Florida.
Biden and Gov. Ron DeSantis put aside their political differences to work together on rescue and recovery efforts for the people of Florida.
“I think he’s done a good job,” Biden said when asked about DeSantis’ response to the storm.