Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall in Puerto Rico

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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Hurricane Maria made landfall Wednesday morning as a strong Category 4 storm in southeast Puerto Rico, near the city of Yabucoa, the National Hurricane Center said.

Maximum sustained winds are near 155 mph (250 km/h) with higher gusts.

Heavy rainfall will cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Maria is the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico since 1932.

Evacuation orders were issued in Puerto Rico in advance of Maria, and officials announced that 450 shelters would be opened beginning during the afternoon of September 18.

As of September 19, at least 2,000 people in Puerto Rico have sought shelter.

As of September 19, the hurricane caused at least nine deaths: seven in Dominica and two in Guadeloupe. Initial assessments indicate catastrophic damage to Dominica, which suffered an island-wide communication blackout. The islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe also endured widespread flooding, damaged roofs and uprooted trees.

The Team

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