Puerto Rico in state of emergency as Hurricane Fiona makes landfall | USA TODAY

Hundreds of residents across Puerto Rico were evacuated or rescued as floodwaters grew increasingly dangerous from Hurricane Fiona.

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Fiona, a Category 1 storm, reached Puerto Rico at 3:20 p.m. EDT, bringing maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. The system is expected to unleash historic rainfall of up to 30 inches, widespread flooding and dangerous mudslides, forecasters said.

“The damages that we are seeing are catastrophic,” Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said.

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  1. Personally, I feel Washington D.C. & the 5 Island Territories (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, & American Samoa) should be granted full statehood already. Being an American living in these 6 Territories is today’s version of “No taxation without representation,” since the people there are guaranteed citizenship at birth, pay taxes using U.S. currency, serve in the U.S. military, & can vote in the Primaires, but they can’t vote for President (except for D.C.) nor do they have Congressmen that can vote on legislation. Plus, with statehood, the number of Representatives in Congress stays the same, its just there would now be 112 Senators & 423 in the House, with 12 Senators & about 9 members of the House representing these 6 new states.

    1. Puerto Rico has voted multiple times to become a state but the majority of the population doesn’t want statehood

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