The Countdown: Relief efforts mobilize as Hurricane Fiona wreaks havoc in the Atlantic

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022 12:57AM
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In this edition of 'The Countdown,' we continue to follow Fiona, the first major hurricane of this year's Atlantic hurricane season.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- In this edition of 'The Countdown,' we continue to follow Fiona, the first major hurricane of this year's Atlantic hurricane season.

The storm has already cut through the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico and knocked out power to the vast majority of its 3.1 million people.

Another 1 million people in the Dominican Republic are also without power and running water.

The storm intensified to a Category 3 storm on Tuesday morning, five years to the day that Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico.

Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg has more on the storm's impact. We also highlight some of the local relief efforts that are underway, including in cities like Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

Mayor Helmin Caba joined the show with more on the efforts there.

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You can watch 'The Countdown' live Monday-Friday at 6:30 p.m. on ABC7NY.com or our ABC7NY app on Roku, FireTV, Apple TV and Android TV.

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