After cat.4 storm also known as Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico on Wednesday destroying almost everything in its path, the tiny island was blown back to the dark ages, as one hundred percent of its power was knocked out by the horror-movie-like 155 miles per hour winds, while the 2 ft of rain transformed its roads into rivers of mud.
Currently speaking, the whole Puerto Rico is facing a complete lack of power, while hundreds of residences were destroyed by the catastrophic winds which blew the roofs off buildings and turned roads into rivers. According to Puerto Rico’s emergency management director Abner Gomez:
‘Once we’re able to go outside, we’re going to find our island destroyed. The information we have received is not encouraging. It’s a system that has destroyed everything in its path.’
Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Rosello has said in an interview for the Associated Press that some of the island’s customers could stay without power for months, as its fragile power grid was totally obliterated by the hurricane, not to mention the damage provoked by Irma not two weeks ago.
More than 11,000 Puerto Ricans and almost 600 pets are still in government run shelters. Over eighty percent of homes were destroyed in one neighborhood (Juana Matos) in Catano as per initial estimates. Hurricane Maria was the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico since 1928’s San Felipe Segundo, when more than 300 people died. Puerto Rico’s governor asked President Trump to declare Puerto Rico a disaster zone and according to early estimates, the hurricane caused more than thirty billion dollars in damage to the tiny island.
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