Puerto Rico Slammed by Maria, Electricity Gone

Hurricane Maria did not spare Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Maria churned across Puerto Rico Wednesday as the most powerful storm to strike the island in more than 80 years, knocking out power and water to nearly the entire population and leaving people huddled in buildings to ride out powerhouse winds that have already left death and devastation across the Caribbean.

"On the forecast track, [Maria] would be the most destructive hurricane in Puerto Rico history," tweeted Eric Blake, a forecaster at the Hurricane Center.

The island is completely without electricity now. The New York Times has more.

There are flash flood warnings now for large parts of Puerto Rico. [More...]

During Irma, I was following National Geographic Photographer & Storm Chaser Mike Theiss who was in Key West taking amazing photos. Now he's got photos of Maria in Puerto Rico.

The Daily Mail has a lot of photos.

Puerto Rico is a beautiful island. I really hope it recovers and the U.S. sends aid there.

The storm seems to be moving towards the Dominican Republic (not Dominica, where it was yesterday) and the Turks and Caicos.

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    While it seems like a difficult time to say so (5.00 / 3) (#1)
    by Peter G on Wed Sep 20, 2017 at 05:12:57 PM EST
    in light of the wave of natural (and political) disasters besetting us, let me say L'Shana Tova to Jeralyn and all those celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year beginning at sundown today. Here's to grandchildren in the coming year, as a sign that things can be better.

    Thank you Peter and (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Sep 21, 2017 at 12:21:30 AM EST
    same to you. I read today that all three synogogues in Puerto Rico shut down in advance of tonight's services. Such a shame.

    If you have info re a reliable charity (none / 0) (#2)
    by oculus on Wed Sep 20, 2017 at 11:05:51 PM EST
    for donations to benefit Puerto Ricans, please share.


    This is the org that local businesses (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by ruffian on Fri Sep 22, 2017 at 05:58:30 PM EST
    here in Orlando, many of which are run by people from PR, are collecting going through: Coordinadora de Apoyo Solidaridad y Ayuda (CASA)

    They coordinate for many PR charities, and work with the government. They are collecting goods locally, probably their Facebook page shows how to donate $$$.

    Orlando has one of the largest, if not the largest, Puerto Rican communities on the mainland. So many friends here have affected relatives.