Biden will be briefed remotely on Hurricane Fiona by the governor of Puerto Rico

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell will be briefed in person at FEMA’s Region 2 Office at One World Trade in New York, the official said, and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul will also be at the briefing. Biden has been in the city this week to attend the United Nations General Assembly and other events.

Meeting Fiona — the first major hurricane of this year’s Atlantic season, now a Category 4 — continues to move north toward Bermuda. It is planned to eventually move up to Canada.

The hurricane watch for Bermuda has become a hurricane warning. And Canadian forecasters say Fiona will be Canada’s strongest storm, warning it could be Canada’s version of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the northeast coast of the United States in 2012.

The storm has killed at least five people in the Caribbean: one in Guadeloupe, two in Puerto Rico and two in the Dominican Republic.

Hurricane Fiona comes five years after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, a storm that caused a prolonged blackout and permanent damage to infrastructure on the island.

The latest data from the island’s emergency portal system shows that as of Thursday morning, more than a million customers in Puerto Rico were without power and a third of the island was without or intermittent water service.

On Wednesday, Puerto Rico Housing Secretary William Rodriguez said in a video that more than 800 people are currently in shelters with about 40 shelters spread across the island.

The president on Wednesday approved a major island disaster declaration, directing federal aid to local recovery efforts in areas hit by Hurricane Fiona.

The move allows residents to access temporary housing and home repair grants, as well as low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has also deployed staff from city agencies to Puerto Rico to help assess the damage.

Pierluisi joined Criswell on an aerial tour of Puerto Rico on Wednesday to survey storm damage. The governor said before Wednesday’s tour that he hoped to speak with the president this week.

Forecast models suggest a developing storm system called Hermine could also threaten the Gulf Coast by next week.