PUERTO RICO Hurricane Maria was Worst Storm in a Century Maria, the second major hurricane to roar through the Caribbean this month, made landfall near Yabucoa, in the southwest. Broken windows, mangled awnings and gutters dangled haphazardly from buildings in San Juan or were ripped off entirely. Toilets bubbled noisily and belched foul air as the hurricane rumbled through the city's water and sewage lines. 90% of the island was without electricity.
www.nowtheendbegins.com/destroyed-3-5-million-dark-maria-takes-power-running-water-entire-island-puerto-rico/ DESTROYED: 3.5 Million In Dark As Maria Takes Out All Power And Running Water From Entire Island Of Puerto Rico Intense flooding was reported across the territory, particularly in San Juan, the capital, where many residential streets looked like rivers. Yennifer Álvarez Jaimes, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's press secretary, told NBC News that all power across the island was knocked out. "Once we're able to go outside, we're going to find our island destroyed," Emergency Management Director Abner Gómez Cortés said at a news briefing. Rosselló imposed a 6 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew, citing flood warnings and the importance of keeping streets clear for repair and rescue teams. 9'20/17
Hurricane Maria is likely to have “destroyed” Puerto Rico, the island’s emergency director said Wednesday after the monster storm smashed ripped roofs off buildings and flooded homes across the economically strained U.S. territory.
Intense flooding was reported across the territory, particularly in San Juan, the capital, where many residential streets looked like rivers. Yennifer Álvarez Jaimes, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s press secretary, told NBC News that all power across the island was knocked out.
“Once we’re able to go outside, we’re going to find our island destroyed,” Emergency Management Director Abner Gómez Cortés said at a news briefing. Rosselló imposed a 6 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew, citing flood warnings and the importance of keeping streets clear for repair and rescue teams.
Maria, the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico since 1928, had maximum sustained winds of 155 mph when it made landfall as a Category 4 storm near the town of Yabucoa just after 6 a.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center said. But it “appears to have taken quite a hit from the high mountains of the island,” and at 8 p.m. ET, it had weakened significantly to a Category 2 storm, moving away from Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, the agency said.
Much of the island remained under a hurricane warning late Wednesday afternoon as Maria churned just 25 miles off the northeastern coast.
“The wind threat has decreased,” the hurricane center said, but the threat of rain-gorged floods remains “devastating to catastrophic,” it said. Airports in San Juan, Aguadilla and Ponce were ordered closed until Friday at the earliest because of flooding and debris, authorities said.
“Extreme rainfall flooding may prompt numerous evacuations and rescues,” the agency said. “Rivers and tributaries may overwhelmingly overflow their banks in many places with deep moving water.”
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz told MSNBC that the devastation in the capital was unlike any she had ever seen.
“The San Juan that we knew yesterday is no longer there,” Yulín said, adding: “We’re looking at four to six months without electricity” in Puerto Rico, home to nearly 3.5 million people.
“I’m just concerned that we may not get to everybody in time, and that is a great weight on my shoulders,” she said.
Rosanna Cerezo, a lawyer and radio host in metro San Juan, said the city was deluged. It sounded as though bombs were going off when the wind toppled trees around her house, she said.
Along the beachfront, she said, cement structures had been wrenched from their foundations as islanders scrambled for refuge. “Rooftops collapsed, windows shattered,” Cerezo said in a text message. “People are huddled in hallways, closets, bathrooms.”
Once it’s back out over open water, Maria could re-strengthen to a Category 4 storm, the National Hurricane Center said.
It was expected to move near the coasts of the Dominican Republic and the Turks & Caicos islands and then drift more eastward than had been predicted earlier in the week. That’s because it’s being pushed there by an area of high pressure parked over the eastern United States as part of the remnants of Hurricane Jose, the agency said.
Forecasters said it remained too early to know how close Maria will move to the U.S. mainland, but Domenica Davis, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, said, “It looks like it will stay in the open waters of the Atlantic.”
President Donald Trump declared states of emergency in both territories, and the Coast Guard moved all its ships, aircraft and personnel out of harm’s way so they can quickly launch rescue missions once the storm passes, officials said.
Puerto Rico was already struggling to dig itself out of a historic financial crisis. Maria could destroy any progress the territory has made under a year-old economic rehab plan ─ and set it back further.
Maria was a Category 5 hurricane — the strongest there is — when it hit the Caribbean on Monday night, killing at least seven people on the island of Dominica and one person on Guadeloupe. At least two people were injured.
Hartley Henry, a senior adviser to Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, said Wednesday that authorities on the island were only now getting a good picture of the destruction left in Maria’s wake.
“Until late last night, there was no means of accessing, or even communicating with, Dominicans,” Hartley said. With daylight, he said, authorities found “tremendous loss of housing and public buildings,” including severe damage to the island’s main hospital, where “patient care has been compromised.”
“The country is in a daze — no electricity, no running water — as a result of uprooted pipes in most communities, and definitely to landline or cellphone services on the island, and that will be for quite a while,” he said.
“In summary, the island has been devastated,” he said. source
Whole of Puerto Rico without power Hurricane Maria has knocked out power to the entire island of Puerto Rico. Maria damaged everything in its path. Maria weakened to a category 3 storm with winds of 115 mph as it moved across the island. www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41340392
Dominican warnings Sep 21, 2017 - Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico and hurricane warnings are in effect for the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos. Maria brought down cell towers and power lines, snapped trees, tore off roofs and unloaded at least 20 inches of rain. Maria's core was 55 miles northeast of Dominican Republic, with wind gusts of 115 mph. Puerto Rico Electric Power had filed for bankruptcy in July. www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/21/hurricane-maria-brings-more-devastation-to-puerto-rico.html
At least 15 people have died on the Caribbean island of Dominica and many homes are destroyed beyond repair after Hurricane Maria devastated the country this week, Dominica's prime minister said Thursday.
In an emotional interview with ABS Television, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the death toll is likely to rise and search and rescue missions are ongoing. At least 16 others are missing in some communities, he said.
“We have many deaths, but it is a miracle that we do not have hundreds of deaths in the country,” Skerrit told ABS Television.
Puerto Rico should have been ready for Maria Sep 28, 2017 - Why didn’t Puerto Rico officials prepare for a disaster they knew was coming? How did Puerto Rico spend several hundred million dollars in US taxpayer-funded FEMA grants? They pocket the money. Over the last 20 years FEMA has provided nearly a billion dollars in disaster relief to Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico is totally dependent on an inept government and other people's money. They should leave or learn to be SELF-supporting. How are they not stealing from the USA? Puerto Rico has had plenty of time and FEMA money to hurricane proof its essential infrastructure. Apparently they did not. Puerto Rico troubles had NOTHING to do with the phony Climate hoax. 220.127.116.11/focus/f-news/3589936/posts
Puerto Rico evacuates Sep 30, 2017 San Juan - Thousands board a cruise ship away from Puerto Rico to the U.S. mainland in one of the largest evacuations since Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico more than a week ago. They may never return. Maria did NOT create the crisis, it REVEALED the crisis decades of corruption and laziness caused. kek.gg/u/k63X
6.5 Earthquake hits Puerto Rico Jan 7, 2020 - Island-wide blackout reported. A 5.8 magnitude tremor hit yesterday, one of the largest to date to hit the island. Collapsed homes and roads covered in rocks and debris, apparently the result of a mudslide. A crushed car underneath a raised home whose foundation gave out.