The morning after Maria: Puerto Rico could be without power for MONTHS after ‘historic’ 155 mph hurricane sparked landslides and flash flooding across the island killing at least one – and the megastorm may STRENGTHEN in the coming days

Thursday, September 21, 2017
By Paul Martin

Puerto Rico is currently without power after Hurricane Maria swept through the territory Wednesday
The island is also preparing for flash flooding as torrential rain is expected to continue through Thursday
Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico Wednesday morning as a Category 4 hurricane with 155 mph winds
The storm is currently a Category 3 hurricane but is expected to rise to Category 4 again Thursday night
The Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern Bahamas will see hurricane conditions Thursday evening
So far, Maria has been blamed for 10 deaths – one on Puerto Rico, seven on Dominica and two on Guadeloupe

21 September 2017

Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans woke up to catastrophic damage after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island – knocking out power and paralyzing the territory with landslides, flooding and downed trees.

And the extent of the damage could be even worse than currently known – as dozens of municipalities remain isolated and without communication.

The island is currently bracing itself for flash flooding after being pummeled by the Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds. It was the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years, and so far at least 10 people have been killed throughout the Caribbean – one of which was on the US territory.

‘Months and months and months and months are going to pass before we can recover from this,’ Felix Delgado, mayor of the northern coastal city of Catano, told The Associated Press.

The storm has now been downgraded to Category 3 with maximum sustained winds of 115mph – though the US National Hurricane Center says some strengthening is possible in the next day or so.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called Maria ‘the most devastating storm of the century.’

US President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration to Puerto Rico after powerful Hurricane Maria devastated the island and left all 3.4million residents without power.

Uprooted trees and widespread flooding blocked many highways and streets across the island, creating a maze that forced drivers to go against traffic and past police cars.

Police were on the streets to warn people they must respect a 6pm to 6am curfew imposed by the governor to ensure everyone’s safety.

At times throughout the night the winds were so strong that concrete balconies were crushed and entire buildings were decimated.

The island’s emergency management director Abner Gomez said the storm will be ‘a historic event’ for Puerto Rico.

Though it has moved out to sea, early on Thursday morning authorities declared a flash flood warning for the entire island as torrential rains continue to pour. The rain has turned some roads in the US territory into muddy brown rivers.

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