Water Resources of the United States
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2022 11:39:35 EDT
Summary: Hurricane Fiona, Puerto Rico
(This post was provided by David Hernandez, Hydrologic Data Chief, Puerto Rico, 9/18/2022)
Hurricane Fiona has made landfall and passed the southwest corner of Puerto Rico. Rainfall totals as of 5:50 pm, as much as 14 ", with forecasts of 30" totals for 48 hours. All staff are accounted for and waiting for the intense gusts and rainfall to subside. Once all staff have been accounted for on Monday, if condition permit we will be deploying 3 crews to flag HWM's with priority on peaks that surpassed H. Maria and those stations which do not have H. Maria indirects or SBA's. Confirmation of H. Maria SBA's will be priority no. 2. 4 crews of 2 will be heading out to obtain direct recession measurements where possible. Three gages have damaged orifices and the repair will be prioritized in communication with the Puerto Rico cooperating agencies. Thirty two of the seventy six gages in the NWS flood network are in flood stages with seven in the Major Flooding category. The major reservoir flood control network is working well and Puerto Rico agencies are managing inflows. The island is without electricity and unlike H. Maria the water authority has several generators running to provide water to homes.