|RT | Sep 20, 2017|
The Category Four storm, which claimed the lives of seven people on neighboring Dominica and two on the French island of Guadeloupe, made landfall near the city of Yabucoa on Wednesday morning, forcing at least 11,000 people into shelters.
Hurricane #Maria made landfall near Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, around 6:15am AST with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph (250 km/h) @NWS@NOAApic.twitter.com/RmFwVMn6r7— Natl Hurricane Ctr (@NWSNHC) September 20, 2017
In footage posted to Twitter, flooding appears widespread as heavy rain and high winds can be seen pummeling the island’s communities.
Catastrophic flash flooding is occurring over portions of Puerto Rico and conditions are deteriorating over eastern Dominican Republic, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
Speaking at press briefing, Abner Gomez, head of the disaster management agency, said the hurricane had damaged “everything in its path.”
“The information we received is not encouraging,” Gomez said.
So esta es la que hay en Ciudad Jardin de carolina pic.twitter.com/cMNY1DDT6H— french toast (@frances_mh) September 20, 2017
Informo al Pueblo que acabo de solicitarle al Presidente Trump que declare a Puerto Rico Zona de Desastre @fema— Ricardo Rossello (@ricardorossello) September 20, 2017
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