Currently in Melbourne — September 21st, 2022

Currently in Melbourne — September 21st, 2022
Cloudy but warm. Lovely walking weather.

The weather, currently.

Cloudy all day.

Last night's low of 12°C will lead into another warm day, with a top of 20°C expected at around 2pm. Today will be a cloudy one, with the slight chance of a shower and light winds. The bays will have north-easterly winds of about 10 knots, tending east to south-easterly during the day, before becoming variable and below 10 knots in the evening. Despite the cloud cover, the UV index will again be at 5 which although moderate, still calls for sun protection. The perfect day for an afternoon bushwalk, which is what I intend to do.

— Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

Hurricane Fiona grew even more powerful Tuesday as it left Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, where it just made landfall Monday morning. The hurricane pounded both islands with up to 30 inches of rain, leading to flooding and mudslides, among other destruction.

Flooding has damaged the water system – leaving about 837,000 residents, more than two thirds of the entire island of Puerto Rico, without service.

More than 80% of Puerto Rico remains without power, more than 24 hours after the storm shut down the island’s electrical system. However, Luma Energy, the private consortium overseeing the country’s electric distribution, said it has restored power to almost 300,000 customers, as of Tuesday.

The National Guard has placed 600 soldiers throughout Puerto Rico via rescue operations – so far, emergency responders have rescued about 1,000 people.

In the Dominican Republic, more than 1 million people were left without running water, while 700,000 homes and businesses struggled without power.

Here is a thread of trusted local organizations, if you are looking for places to donate to.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.

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