Hurricane Fiona makes landfall on Puerto Rico's southwest coast after triggering an island-wide power blackout

Hurricane Fiona made landfall Sunday in southwestern Puerto Rico, shortly after the entire island lost power as it got battered nearly five years to the day after

blockbuster Hurricane Maria ravaged the U.S. territory. Fiona, a Category 1 storm, reached Puerto Rico at 3:20 p.m. EDT, bringing maximum sustained winds of 85

mph, the National Hurricane Center said. The system is expected to unleash historic rainfall of up to 30 inches, widespread flooding and dangerous mudslides, forecasters said.

“The damages that we are seeing are catastrophic,” Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each

morning. In the central mountain town of Utuado, the storm washed away a bridge that police say was installed by the National Guard after Hurricane Maria hit on

Sept. 20, 2017. LUMA Energy, the company that operates power transmission and distribution, said fierce winds disrupted transmission lines, leading to “a

blackout on all the island.” Fully restoring power could take several days, LUMA said. President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency on the territory, home

to 3.2 million people, the vast majority American citizens. Hurricane Fiona's projected path The eye of Fiona was heading northwest toward the

eastern part of the Dominican Republic, the hurricane center said in its 5 p.m. EDT advisory, and was expected to roar near the country's northern coast Monday before turning

toward the east of the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday.