The weather, currently.
As we head into the last official calendar day of Summer, the weather remains steadfastly enjoyable. The only notable thing about today is a stronger than usual breeze that’ll come in the morning and evening, a sundowner wind that’s visiting us from the central coast. This morning, I saw a swirl of matted fur in the street, a lazy cyclone of dog hairs brushed out of the burly Australian Shepherd that lives up the block. There’ll be more of that tomorrow, winds to carry off your organic excess, pollinating the Earth. They'll be the only thing to observe in the clear, sunny sky. Highs will peak around 79°F, and lows will bottom out around 61°F.
What you need to know, currently.
Hurricane Fiona grew even more powerful Tuesday as it left Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, where it just made landfall Monday morning. The hurricane pounded both islands with up to 30 inches of rain, leading to flooding and mudslides, among other destruction.
Flooding has damaged the water system – leaving about 837,000 residents, more than two thirds of the entire island of Puerto Rico, without service.
More than 80% of Puerto Rico remains without power, more than 24 hours after the storm shut down the island’s electrical system. However, Luma Energy, the private consortium overseeing the country’s electric distribution, said it has restored power to almost 300,000 customers, as of Tuesday.
The National Guard has placed 600 soldiers throughout Puerto Rico via rescue operations – so far, emergency responders have rescued about 1,000 people.
In the Dominican Republic, more than 1 million people were left without running water, while 700,000 homes and businesses struggled without power.
Here is a thread of trusted local organizations, if you are looking for places to donate to.
What you can do, currently.
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