Entire island of Puerto Rico loses power as Hurricane Fiona makes landfall

The entire island of Puerto Rico lost power just before Hurricane Fiona made landfall on Sunday afternoon, according to officials. More than 1.5 million customers

are without electricity as the Category 1 storm, with sustained winds at 85 mph and torrential rain bear down on the island, Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi announced on Facebook

Sunday afternoon. Fiona strengthened to a hurricane from a tropical storm Sunday morning. Emergency response teams for the utility companies will deploy once the

conditions allow, Pierluisi said. It will likely day takes to restore the power, utility company LUMA Energy said in a statement. The National Hurricane Center said Fiona

made landfall in southwestern Puerto Rico at 3:20 p.m. ET. Widespread torrential rain has been hitting much of the island and is expected to continue for several hours. Flash

flood effects are in place across the eastern half of the island, and the worst of the wind continues to slam the western half of the island. A bridge near Utuado, a town

in the central mountainous region of the island, has collapsed, cutting off the communities of Salto Arriba and Guaonico, local newspaper El Vocero de Puerto Rico reported.

The portion of the bridge that collapsed is on Highway 123, a branch of Highway 10, which serves as a link between both roads and is one of the accesses to the University of

Puerto Rico at Utuado campus, according to El Vocero. The bridge, installed by the National Guard following Hurricane Maria, cost about $3 million to construct, the

newspaper reported.