Gov. Kathy Hochul said Monday that New York would send drones to the Dominican Republic and more than 100 state troopers to Puerto Rico as Hurricane Fiona’s driving winds and rains crushed the Caribbean.
Hochul said the support commitments came after Puerto Rico’s Gov. Pedro Pierluisi asked for Spanish-speaking cops to help citizens navigate the destruction. The storm left most of the island without power.
“We’ll have over 100 troopers from the New York State Police Department on their way to Puerto Rico over this next week,” Hochul said at a news conference in Midtown Manhattan. “As the need continues to arise, we’ll be ready to offer other resources and support.”
The Category 1 hurricane turned its wrath to the Dominican Republic on Monday, drenching the nation one day after sapping the power of more than 1 million customers in Puerto Rico.
The storm was expected to continue to lash the Dominican Republic into Monday night. Hochul said New York’s drones would help the country conduct damage surveys but did not specify how many drones the state would provide.
The White House said more than 300 federal first responders had reached Puerto Rico by Monday evening.
President Biden told Pierluisi in a phone call on Monday that a significant surge in reinforcements would arrive in the coming days, according to a White House statement.
Mayor Adams said New York City’s emergency response teams were monitoring the situation.
“We call Puerto Rico our sixth borough, and as Hurricane Fiona leaves behind a path of destruction, our administration stands ready to provide all of the support and aid our brothers and sisters need,” Adams said in a statement.
Fiona’s center was over the northern coast of the Dominican Republic around 11 a.m. on Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center, but the hurricane had begun its drift over the Atlantic Ocean by mid-afternoon.