January 24 2018

Puerto Rico in total blackout — Hurricane Maria

January 24 2018, 01:52 | Van Peters



And I asked him, what could he tell us about the situation on the ground?

He said his administration was trying to open ports soon to receive shipments of food, water, generators, camp beds and other supplies. "It was always my inspiration", Fonsi wrote, thanking Yankee and video producers and adding a hashtag that read, "This is how we do it down in Puerto Rico".

But the island of 10.7 million people was getting deluged again.

On Thursday, more than 95 percent of cell sites were out of service, according to the Federal Communication Service. Puerto Rico was left completely without power, most lost their homes and have no way of communicating due to loss of coverage.

"So we can use our cellphones and connect and just share our status and what's happening and all that".

Retired Army veteran Manuel Torres called Maria's devastation the worst he'd ever seen. "This street was an ocean".

Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, killed at least 84 people in the Caribbean and the United States.

In a later message, the NWS tweeted: "All Areas surrounding the Guajataca River should evacuate NOW".

Still, experts and analysts said they were encouraged by PREPA's work to restore power after Irma. "Together we can change trajectories". Meanwhile, the hurricane season is only about halfway over.

Images shared on social media show roofs being stripped away as winds as strong as 140mph (225km/h) whipped trees and power lines in Puerto Rico's capital city, San Juan.

"Catastrophic flash flooding continues", the agency tweeted. The closer inshore Maria tracks, the more significant these impacts will be. "There's just sand and water everywhere". And we believe the government is doing a good job in partnership with the National Guard and the Army. We know of casualties, but not in detail.

"The pinhole eye is actually one of the signs we look for", Bell told Live Science.

Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) received warnings, with winds expected to reach 160mph.

In the Dominican Republic, the heavy rains triggered flooding as rivers overflowed their banks.

And the longer the power remains out, the deeper PREPA's deficit could grow. CNN saw evidence of dozens of them, although not in population centers.

The lack of communication is further hampering rescue efforts. So it was - the island was receiving winds - like, hurricane winds from 3 the morning up until, like, 4 p.m., 6 the evening.

Maria tore through the island of Dominica late Monday, and an adviser to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says there have been seven confirmed deaths in the Caribbean country. Officials say between 50,000 and 70,000 people may need to be evacuated.

On St. Thomas, retired New York police detective Austin Fields said his home was pummeled. "My little house is gone".

The US National Hurricane Centre declared Maria a "major hurricane" after devastating the island of Dominica. "I don't know what that means for her with all this stress". Jose is forecast to meander slowly offshore through the weekend, starting next week in much the same place as its current location.

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