NEW YORK (WABC) – In this edition of Countdown, we continue to follow Fiona, the first major hurricane of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season.

The storm has already ripped through the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, knocking out power to the vast majority of its 3.1 million people.

Another 1 million people in the Dominican Republic were also left without electricity and water.

The storm strengthened to a Category 3 storm Tuesday morning, five years after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.

Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glasberg has more on the storm’s aftermath. We also highlight some of the local relief efforts underway, including in cities like Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

Mayor Helmin Caba joined the show to talk more about the efforts going on there.

Here are other headlines from Tuesday’s show:

Climate week

This week is “climate week” in New York. Andrew Kruchkiewicz of the Columbia Climate School International Research Institute.

New York lifts private-sector COVID-19 vaccine mandate

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Tuesday that he will end the private sector COVID-19 vaccine mandate on Nov. 1. It will now be up to individual business owners to decide if they want to keep the vaccine requirements.

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