Hurricane Maria has caused a serious damage to the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. This is as a result of the latest Atlantic storm barrels into territories still reeling from Irma.
Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday near the city of Yabucoa with winds of 155 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. By 11 a.m., those winds had weakened to 140 mph, but Maria was still a Category 4 hurricane capable of ripping roofs off houses.
Our reporter has it that the hurricane increased its velocity to an “extremely dangerous” and “potentially catastrophic” category five storm on Monday night, before making landfall with top winds swirling at 160mph.
The island of Puerto Rico is completely without electricity, a spokesman for the governor’s office said Wednesday. “We are 100% without power,” the spokesman said.
Maria killed seven people in the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, said Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. Browne said he had been communicating with the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, who reported “widespread devastation” and whose own house was shredded by the storm.
Hurricane Maria Hits Puerto Rico
“This is total devastation,” said Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico’s governor. “Puerto Rico, in terms of the infrastructure, will not be the same. … This is something of historic proportions.”
According to Forecasters, The winds are bound to strike with more force on the windward sides of the hills and mountains and on high-rise buildings. Tornadoes were possible over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and Maria was expected to remain a dangerous hurricane through Friday.