map of path of Hurricane Fiona
Now strengthening to a Category 4 Hurricane, Fiona has ripped through several Caribbean islands and is predicted to head towards Bermuda. (Image: NOAA)

Fiona Causes Disruptions as It Churns through Caribbean

The hurricane has left soaked islands, power outages, and disruptions in air service in its wake.

As Hurricane Fiona makes its way toward Bermuda, it has intensified to a Category 4 storm and has already left a trail of damage on some of the Caribbean islands. Puerto Rico, which saw the storm’s landfall on September 18, experienced massive power and water outages.

The Jet Aviation FBO at San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport reported relying on its generators for two days before recently returning to grid power. The facility, which endured 60-mph winds, experienced only minor water leaks in its roof and is drawing from its own reserve water tanks as it supports arriving humanitarian flights.

At the city's Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (also known as Isla Grande), Modern Aviation, which operates the lone FBO on the field, noted that it had no material damage to its facilities other than a few minor water leaks.

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On Turks and Caicos, authorities closed all airports ahead of the storm. Much of the island lost power last night but electricity was restored to Providenciales International Airport (MBPV) on September 21, according to Provo Air Center, which told BJT it suffered no damage or flooding to its FBO. While MBPV saw little impact from Fiona, high winds battered the country’s other airports—Grand Turk and South Caicos—with the latter closed entirely and the former open only to relief and medevac flights.

The U.S. Virgin Islands were spared the brunt of Fiona’s fury. Standard Aviation at St. Thomas Cyril E. King International Airport reported no damage, as did Bohlke International Airways at St. Croix Henry E. Rohlsen Airport.