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Hurricane Maria leaves destruction across Puerto Rico

A woman and a child rested on cots while waiting at Humacao Arena refugee center in Humacao, Puerto Rico.Carlos Giusti/Associated Press

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning as a Category 4 storm, the strongest hurricane to hit the island in over 80 years.

The 155-mile-per-hour winds crushed balconies, bent gates, downed trees, and brought widespread flooding to the island. The storm also brought an island-wide power outage, and officials do not know when electricity will return.

The storm continued to bring rain to Puerto Rico overnight Wednesday.

Puerto Rico’s governor told CNN that one man had died after he was hit by flying debris. The man is one of at least 10 people who have died in the Caribbean as a result of Hurricane Maria’s wrath.


San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz told NBC that she is worried officials will not be able to get to everyone to help them in time.

“The Puerto Rico and the San Juan that we knew yesterday is no longer there,” she said.

Here are some photos and videos from Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the storm:

Men walk past damaged homes in San Juan, Puerto Rico.HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
Electricity poles and lines lay toppled on the road in Humacao, Puerto Rico.Carlos Giusti/Associated Press

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Felicia Gans can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.