Biden to be briefed remotely on Hurricane Fiona by Puerto Rico governor
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell will brief the President in person at FEMA’s Region 2 Office at One World Trade in New York City, the official said, and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul will also be on hand for the briefing. Biden has been in the city this week to attend the United Nations General Assembly and other events.
The meeting comes as Fiona — the first major hurricane of this year’s Atlantic season that’s currently a Category 4 — continues to move north toward Bermuda. It’s projected to eventually move up to Canada.
The hurricane watch for Bermuda has been upgraded to a hurricane warning. And Canadian forecasters are saying Fiona is likely to be Canada’s strongest storm, warning that it could be Canada’s version of Hurricane Sandy, which pummeled the northeastern coast of the United States in 2012.
Hurricane Fiona comes almost exactly five years after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, a storm that caused an extended blackout across the island and lasting damage to infrastructure.
On Wednesday, Puerto Rico Housing Secretary William Rodriguez said in a video that more than 800 people are currently in shelters with about 40 shelters spread across the island.
The President approved a major disaster declaration for the island on Wednesday, directing federal aid for local recovery efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Fiona.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has also deployed staff from city agencies to Puerto Rico to help officials surveying damage.
Pierluisi joined Criswell to survey storm damage on an aerial tour of Puerto Rico on Wednesday. The governor had said ahead of the tour on Wednesday that he expected to speak with the President this week.