Jennifer Lopez calls for donations to relief charities in Puerto Rico

‘It is vitally important we do what we can to help’: Jennifer Lopez calls on fans to donate to relief charities in her native Puerto Rico – as Hurricane Fiona brings catastrophic flooding

Jennifer Lopez has called on her fans to donate to relief charities in her native Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona brought catastrophic flooding to the Caribbean island.

The singer, 53, – who was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents – took to her Instagram Story on Tuesday to share a link to the Hispanic Federation who are raising funds. 

Vast amounts of damage is being reported across the island after the hurricane came ashore on Sunday, with roads turned into raging torrents while even newly constructed bridges following Hurricane Maria in 2017 were washed away.

Help: Jennifer Lopez has called on her fans to donate to relief charities in her native Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona brought catastrophic flooding to the Caribbean island (pictured with the Puerto Rican flag during her Super Bowl halftime show in 2020) 

In her message J-Lo penned: ‘It is vitally important that we do what we can to help our families in Puerto Rico, and now the Dominican Republic.

‘I’m teaming up with the @hispanicfederation in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. 

‘These Hispanic Federation member organizations are on the ground assessing what the real needs of the people on the islands are. To learn more please visit the website for updates and please support however you can!’ 

Terrible: Vast amounts of damage is being reported across the island after the hurricane came ashore on Sunday, with roads turned into raging torrents while even newly constructed bridges following Hurricane Maria in 2017 were washed away

Charity: The singer, 53, – who was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents – took to her Instagram Story on Tuesday to share a link to the Hispanic Federation who are raising funds

Vast amounts of damage is being reported across the island of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona came ashore on Sunday afternoon.

Roads were turned into raging torrents while even newly constructed bridges following Hurricane Maria in 2017 were washed away.

The entire island is once again without electricity plunging the island’s population of about 3.2 million people into a total blackout. The ferocious wind ripped roofs from homes whilst the heavy rain also caused landslides.

Devastation: The storm washed away a bridge in the central mountain town of Utuado that police say was installed by the National Guard after Hurricane Maria hit in 2017 

The storm also washed away a bridge in the central mountain town of Utuado that police say was installed by the National Guard after Hurricane Maria hit in 2017.

Fiona hit about 15 miles south-southeast of Mayaguez with maximum sustained winds of 85mph, according to the US National Hurricane Centre. It was moving to the north-west at 90mph.

Earlier on Sunday, President Joe Biden gave approval for a state of emergency to be declared. Puerto Rico’s ports have been closed and flights out of the main airport canceled.

Awareness: In her message J-Lo penned: ‘It is vitally important that we do what we can to help our families in Puerto Rico, and now the Dominican Republic

Roots: J-Lo is fiercely proud of her Puerto Rican heritage and dedicated part of her Super Bowl halftime show (pictured) to showcasing dance and song from the country

The emergency declaration authorizes Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief efforts and provide emergency protective measures, the White House explained.

US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said agency officials deployed to Puerto Rico will assist with restoration efforts ‘as it becomes safe to do so.’ Fiona was at hurricane strength as torrential rains deluged the Caribbean.

T​he National Hurricane Center said radar indicated the storm made landfall at about along the southwestern coast of the island near Punta Tocon at 3:20pm. 

The storm’s clouds covered the entire island and tropical storm-force winds extended as far as 140 miles from Fiona’s centre.

Scary: Fiona hit about 15 miles south-southeast of Mayaguez with maximum sustained winds of 85mph, according to the US National Hurricane Centre 

Serious: Earlier on Sunday, President Joe Biden gave approval for a state of emergency to be declared. Puerto Rico’s ports have been closed and flights out of the main airport canceled

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