Currently in Seattle—September 21st, 2022

The weather, currently.

Bright and warm with intervals of smoky air

Shifting winds have been blowing smoke from the Bolt Creek Fire into Seattle in hours-long intervals for several days. Continue to keep an eye on air quality maps for at least a couple more days, until the fire is fully contained. Open windows and step outside when the air is in the green zone.

Other than some smoke, Wednesday will bring more sunshine and a big temperature leap. After the temperature dips to the low-50s Tuesday night, it will climb to around 73°F during the day. Gentle breezes will knock browning leaves off of trees throughout the day.

Jen Monnier

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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