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    Hurricane Maria (((Here we go Again)))

    Hurricane Maria strengthens to
    Category 3 hours before landfall

    Mon September 18, 2017



    As feared, Hurricane Maria rapidly strengthened Monday as it took aim at Puerto Rico and islands left in ruins by Hurricane Irma.
    Maria intensified to a Category 3 hurricane, hurling maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. The mammoth storm nearly doubled in strength over the past 24 hours and is expected to keep growing before it makes landfall.
    As of 11 a.m. ET, Maria was centered about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east of Martinique. Its first landfall is expected around 8 p.m. ET in the northeast Caribbean's Leeward Islands -- specifically Dominica and Martinique

    And for the first time in 85 years, Puerto Rico is expected to suffer a direct landfall from a Category 4 hurricane. Puerto Rico's governor has declared a state of emergency ahead of that landfall, which will likely happen Wednesday.
    "It's time to wrap up your preparations now, Puerto Rico," CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

    Scrambling in Puerto Rico
    Puerto Rico sheltered many of the evacuees who fled Hurricane Irma's wrath in other Caribbean islands. Now those evacuees and native Puerto Ricans are bracing for another catastrophic hurricane.

    More at link.......
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    Maria intensifies into major hurricane, threatens Caribbean
    2:19 PM. EDT September 18, 2017

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    The hurricane-battered islands of the Caribbean are facing yet another storm threat.
    According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Maria rapidly intensified into a major Category 3 hurricane as it barrels toward the Leeward Islands.
    As of 11 a.m. Monday, Hurricane Maria has sustained winds of 120 mph.*The storm's center was about 60 miles east of Martinique.
    A Hurricane Watch has been issued for Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra.
    A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Guadeoupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat as well as Martinique.
    Maria is expected to continue to strengthen and slam the Leeward Islands and northern Windward Islands with damaging winds, flooding rainfall and storm surge late Monday through Tuesday.
    Wind gusts greater than 80 mph will batter most of this area, but gusts of 120-140 mph will occur near the center of Maria as it tracks near Dominica and Guadeloupe.

    This will cause damage to structures and will topple trees and power lines, leading to power outages. Rainfall amounts of 4-8 inches, locally over 12 inches, will cause life-threatening flooding.
    A storm surge of 3-6 inches will lead to flooding across the Leeward Islands. Some of the same islands impacted by Irma will face another round of damaging winds and flooding rainfall.

    Any loose objects can easily become airborne and turn into dangerous projectiles. Irma cleanup efforts will be disrupted.

    Maria is expected to track toward the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola during the middle of this week as a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher), and will deliver flooding rain, destructive winds well over 100 mph and mudslides.
    All interests in the Caribbean and United States should monitor Maria through the week into next weekend and early next week. Beyond this point in time, Maria may threaten the Bahamas by next weekend.
    Hurricane Jose continues to track northward across the open waters of the western Atlantic. Tropical storm watches are in effect for a large portion of the East Coast from southern Delaware to Cape Cod.
    As of Monday morning, Jose is centered about 270 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, producing sustained 85 mph winds.
    It will likely maintain intensity as a Category 1 hurricane for the next few days with little, if any, additional strengthening.

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    Now it's a cat 4

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    NBC News‏Verified account @NBCNews 57m57 minutes ago


    MORE: "It is possible that [Hurricane Maria] could reach
    category 5 status," National Hurricane Center says in its latest forecast
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    ABC News‏Verified account @ABC 2m2 minutes ago


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    JUST IN: Hurricane hunters flying through #Maria find sustained winds of 160 mph; the storm is now a Category 5 [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
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    The Associated Press‏Verified account @AP 10m10 minutes ago

    BREAKING: The National Hurricane Center says the eye wall of Category 5 Maria is moving onshore over Dominica.
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    Hurricane Maria cripples Dominica as it
    churns toward Puerto Rico
    9:09 AM ET, Tue September 19, 2017




    Hurricane Maria has pounded Dominica with "widespread devastation" as it barrels toward St. Croix and threatens catastrophic damage to Puerto Rico.
    Hurling winds of 160 mph (257 kph), Maria shredded the Dominica Prime Minister's house and left much of the island -- population 73,000 -- in ruins.
    "Initial reports are of widespread devastation," Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said on Facebook.

    far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains."
    A few hours earlier, the Prime Minister posted, "My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding."

    Maria is now the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in Dominica, a former French and British colony with an economy heavily dependent on tourism and agriculture.

    Maria is now the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in Dominica, a former French and British colony with an economy heavily dependent on tourism and agriculture.

    A hurricane warning is in effect Tuesday for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, the US and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques.
    "A dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves will raise water levels by as much as 7 to 11 feet above normal tide levels in the hurricane warning area near where the center of Maria moves across the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands," the National Hurricane Center said.
    Guadeloupe's regional government tweeted a stern warning to residents Tuesday: "Don't go out under any circumstances

    Puerto Rico says Maria 'will be catastrophic'
    After crossing St. Croix, Maria will head toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday night and Wednesday as "an extremely dangerous Category 4 or 5 hurricane," the National Hurricane Center said.

    Puerto Rico says Maria 'will be catastrophic'
    After crossing St. Croix, Maria will head toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday night and Wednesday as "an extremely dangerous Category 4 or 5 hurricane," the National Hurricane Center said.

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    Puerto Rico had half as many people the last time it saw a hurricane this bad
    Sept. 19, 2017



    Category 5 hurricane heads toward Puerto Rico
    If Maria's track holds, Puerto Rico will take a direct hit.
    That'll make Maria the first Category 4 or 5 hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico in 85 years.
    In 1932, the San Ciprián hurricane made landfall in late September, pummeling the island for eight long hours.
    At the time, the population of Puerto Rico was a little over 1.5 million.


    Puerto Rico had half as many people the last time it saw a hurricane this bad
    By Cassandra Santiago and Brandon Miller, CNN

    Today, more than 3.3 million people call the US territory home.
    San Ciprián, with winds of 145 mph, ripped across the entire island moving from east to west. More than 3,000 people suffered injuries and 225 died.
    Another 250,000 had no homes to go back to.
    Structural damages totaled more than $1.5 million, according to records kept by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    Now Puerto Rico is bracing for the worst -- barely two weeks after Hurricane Irma destroyed buildings and caused an ongoing mass loss of electricity.
    Both President Trump and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló have issued emergency declarations.
    Rosselló urged Puerto Ricans to find safe shelters immediately. Emergency workers, he said, won't be around to help once winds reach 50 mph.
    "This is an unprecedented atmospheric system," he said Tuesday.
    And it's one that Puerto Rico hopes doesn't leave it in ruins like San Ciprián did.



    Today, more than 3.3 million people call the US territory home.
    San Ciprián, with winds of 145 mph, ripped across the entire island moving from east to west. More than 3,000 people suffered injuries and 225 died.
    Another 250,000 had no homes to go back to.

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    Category 5 Hurricane Maria closes in on Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico
    5:03 PM ET, Tue September 19, 2017





    Hurricane Maria's destructive tear across the Caribbean is well underway, with the Category 5 storm obliterating parts of Dominica, killing at least one person in Guadeloupe and threatening "catastrophic" damage to Puerto Rico within 24 hours.
    Maria strengthened once again Tuesday afternoon and is now hurling 165 mph (265 kph) winds as it moves in on St. Croix.
    "No generation has seen a hurricane like this since San Felipe II in 1928," Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Tuesday. "This is an unprecedented atmospheric system."

    Maria has already killed one man in Guadeloupe after he ignored orders to stay inside and was struck by a falling tree, the island's government said.
    Two other people are missing after a boat sank off the coast of La Désirade, a smaller island near the mainland of Guadeloupe. The government said about 80,000 people, or 40% of the households on the island, are without power

    Maria has already killed one man in Guadeloupe after he ignored orders to stay inside and was struck by a falling tree, the island's government said.
    Two other people are missing after a boat sank off the coast of La Désirade, a smaller island near the mainland of Guadeloupe. The government said about 80,000 people, or 40% of the households on the island, are without power

    So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace," Skerrit posted on Facebook Tuesday. He said his greatest fear was "news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains."
    A few hours earlier, the Prime Minister posted, "My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding."
    Maria is now the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in Dominica, a former French and British colony whose economy relies heavily on tourism and agriculture.
    Now, Maria is taking aim on Puerto Rico and Islands already crippled by Hurricane Irma

    Rosselló urged Puerto Ricans to find safe shelters immediately, as emergency workers "will not be available to help you once the winds reach 50 mph."
    "We need to keep in mind that we must also protect the lives of these first responders. It's time to act and look for a safe place if you live in flood-prone areas or in wooden or vulnerable structures," Rosselló said

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    BREAKING: Potentially catastrophic Category 5 Hurricane Maria lashing Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with rain.

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    #Maria is expected to slam Puerto Rico “with a force and violence that we haven’t seen for several generations
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    Ryan Maue‏Verified account @RyanMaue

    Hurricane #Maria reached Category 5, sputtered over Dominica & now has gone "next level"
    Pink cloud tops +20°C eye = apex predator storm.



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    Ryan Wichman‏Verified account @Ryan_Wichman 50m50 minutes ago

    Maria is an unbelievable storm. Will be devestating Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands by morning. We'll be tracking it. Prayers for those people
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    CNN‏Verified account @CNN 20m20 minutes ago

    Hurricane Maria went from Category 1 to Category 5 in just 15 hours. @chadmyerscnn explains "rapid intensification" [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
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    Chad Meyers metoroligist my favorite says this storm will pound Puerto Rico for4 hours straight Sending prayers

    Puerto Rico governor: Still time to get to shelters before Hurricane Maria
    shelters before Hurricane Maria
    September 20, 2017



    There is still time for Puerto Ricans to get to a government-run shelter before powerful Hurricane Maria clobbers the island, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló told CNN late Tuesday.
    But the window of opportunity is closing.
    "There's still time ... but people need to move fast," Ricardo Rosselló told CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360˚," calling the storm the "worst hurricane in modern history in Puerto Rico."

    US President Trump tweeted his thoughts to those on the island, a US territory. "Be careful, our hearts are with you," he wrote, calling the storm a "monster hurricane," and pledging assistance.

    Maria is a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 175 mph (281 kph). By late Tuesday, the eye of hurricane was expected to move near or over St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and make landfall in Puerto Rico Wednesday morning.
    "Winds are starting to pick up, the glass is starting to bow back and forth. We're soon going to take shelter in a safe room," Mike Theiss, a hurricane chaser who is staying in Fajardo, told CNN's Don Lemon.

    Maria has already obliterated parts of Dominica and killed at least one person in Guadeloupe.
    Rosselló said there are about 500 shelters open. Emergency workers are still out, but will head in when sustained winds reach 50 mph, the governor said.

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    Hurricane #Maria is so fierce, weather radars are breaking
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    Hurricane Maria pounds Puerto Rico

    Hurricane Maria pounds Puerto Rico after killing 7 people in Dominica
    September 20,2017




    Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning, ripping trees out of the ground and hammering two-thirds of the island with hurricane-force winds.
    "This is total devastation," said Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico's governor. "Puerto Rico, in terms of the infrastructure, will not be the same. ... This is something of historic proportions."
    Maria has killed seven people on the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, said Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. Browne said he had been communicating with the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, whose own house was shredded by the storm.



    Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday near the city of Yabucoa with winds of 155 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. By 10 a.m., those winds had weakened to 145 mph, but Maria was still a Category 4 hurricane capable of ripping roofs off houses.
    The storm was so fierce, it broke two National Weather Service radars on the island.

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    This couple survived Hurricane Irma, but their nightmare isn't over yet. They now face Maria's wrath
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    Hurricane Maria knocks out power to all of Puerto Rico, cripples other islands
    By Holly Yan and Cassandra Santiago, CNN

    Updated 4:36 PM ET, Wed September 20, 2017





    Hurricane Maria knocks out power to all of Puerto Rico, cripples other islands
    By Holly Yan and Cassandra Santiago, CNN


    The storm also ripped trees out of the ground and caused widespread flooding.
    "This is total devastation," said Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico's governor. "Puerto Rico, in terms of the infrastructure, will not be the same. ... This is something of historic proportions."
    Maria has already killed seven people on the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, said Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda.
    Browne said he had been communicating with the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, who reported "widespread devastation" and whose own house was shredded by the storm.

    Maria is expected to dump a total of 12 to 18 inches of rain on Puerto Rico before barreling toward the Dominican Republic

    Puerto Rican Olympic gymnast Tommy Ramos, who's riding out the storm in the northern city of Vega Baja, posted video of gusts blowing debris in front of him.
    "The house is steady," Ramos told CNN. "What scares us is the flooding."

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    Maria kills 15 in Dominica, leaves Puerto Rico dark for months
    Sept. 21,2017

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    Hurricane Maria picked up steam Thursday afternoon, turning streets into raging rivers as it continues its deadly tear across the Caribbean.
    The storm has now killed at least 15 people on the island of Dominica, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit posted on Facebook. Skerrit's own home was demolished in the storm.
    But Maria's wrath is far from over. The hurricane intensified Thursday afternoon, whipping winds of 120 mph as it headed toward Turks and Caicos, the National Hurricane Center said.

    And it's still pummeling the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. In just 24 hours, Maria dumped 30 inches of rain on parts of Puerto Rico, where millions of residents won't have power for months.
    But a glimmer of hope emerged Thursday, when officials announced Puerto Rico's largest airport would reopen to airlines starting Friday, offering hurricane victims a chance to flee
    Dominican Republic gets thrashed
    Although Maria is drifting away from the Dominican Republic, "heavy rainfall and flooding continues in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic," the hurricane center said.

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    NBC News‏Verified account @NBCNews 16m16 minutes ago

    Hurricane Maria has left medical facilities on Dominica "worse than in a war zone," the country's leader says [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]


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    In 1898, following the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] acquired Puerto Rico along with other Spanish colonies under the terms of the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    I hope and pray planes and troops are landing hourly to assist OUR people in Puerto Rico.

    We help everybody else. It's our turn to help ourselves.

    With a little luck some of those we give so very much to will also join in the humanitarian relief.

    Reading through the papers today these poor people are left with nothing. God help them all.

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    Hurricane Maria barrels over Turks and Caicos as death toll mounts
    September 22 2017

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    Hurricane Maria continued on a path of destruction Friday, sweeping over the Turks and Caicos Islands en route for the Bahamas after devastating a swath of Caribbean islands and shutting down Puerto Rico’s entire electrical grid.

    The storm was about 395 miles east southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas by late afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.

    Maria is still a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles an hour. It’s expected to bring up to 16 inches of rain to Turks and Caicos, and may dump an additional 1 inch to 3 inches of rain on Puerto Rico, said the NHC in its latest advisory.

    The U.S. territory has been devastated by Maria, which has smashed houses, knocked down cellphone towers, created flooding, littered roads with debris and made water undrinkable. The storm hit the island as a Category 4 hurricane, making it the most powerful storm to strike since a 1928 hurricane that killed 300 people.

    There was further bad news Friday, after a dam in the northwest of the island failed, causing life-threatening flash floods, The Wall Street Journal reported.

    The National Weather Service urged anyone in the path of the dam to seek higher ground.

    At least 30 people have been killed across the Caribbean, 13 of them in Puerto Rico, Weather.com reported. Gov. Ricardo Rossello told the weather service the death toll is expected to rise as rescue workers use helicopters to try to reach the most remote areas of the island.

    Adding to the gloom, Mayor Carlos Delgado Altieri of the town of Isabela in the northwest of the island told Spanish-language news website El Nuevo Dia that food is becoming scarce, even in shelters.

    Earlier this month, Puerto Rico narrowly avoided a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, but was still lashed with rain and heavy winds that at the time left nearly 900,000 people without power. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority said in the aftermath that parts of the island could be without electricity for up to six months

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    In 1898, following the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] acquired Puerto Rico along with other Spanish colonies under the terms of the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    I hope and pray planes and troops are landing hourly to assist OUR people in Puerto Rico.

    We help everybody else. It's our turn to help ourselves.

    With a little luck some of those we give so very much to will also join in the humanitarian relief.

    Reading through the papers today these poor people are left with nothing. God help them all.
    I know I saw a segment on tv about a guy from Mexico City that had been up in the states helping with hurricane relief....I wish I could remember what it was that was his specialty, but I don't. But anyway, he had only just flown back to Mexico City right before the earthquake. How all these wonderful responders deal with one right after the other is a wonder to me.

    I hope the US can get it going in Puerto Rico, too. It's not like they are in the States, and one state can go and help another state, so the logistics are much harder....

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    Quote Originally Posted by juliekan [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    I know I saw a segment on tv about a guy from Mexico City that had been up in the states helping with hurricane relief....I wish I could remember what it was that was his specialty, but I don't. But anyway, he had only just flown back to Mexico City right before the earthquake. How all these wonderful responders deal with one right after the other is a wonder to me.

    I hope the US can get it going in Puerto Rico, too. It's not like they are in the States, and one state can go and help another state, so the logistics are much harder....
    We are so worried about Puerto Rico. SIL's family in Chicago still hasn't heard anything about their grandmother who refused to go to a shelter. Uncle is in a nursing home. PR has areas that are pretty rustic, especially into the mountains where she is. The fear of floods and mudslides is very real and there is absolutely nothing they can do but wait and pray.

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    Puerto Rico dam fails; evacuations begin along Guajataca River
    September 22, 2017



    About 70,000 people in the area of the Guajataca Dam have been told to evacuate, National Guard spokeswoman Yennifer Alvarez told CNN's Leyla Santiago. Buses have been brought in to help people leave.
    Speaking on CNN's "Out Front" with Erin Burnett, Puerto Rican Secretary of State Luis Gerardo Rivera Marín said the evacuations are difficult because the island was heavily damaged by Hurricane Maria, which struck earlier this week. Many parts of Puerto Rico are flooded and more than 3 million people don't have electricity

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    Puerto Rico mayors say 'hysteria starting to spread,' plead for help

    Sept 23, 2017


    A humanitarian crisis grew Saturday in Puerto Rico as towns were left without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service following Hurricane Maria's devastating passage across the island.

    A group of anxious mayors arrived in the capital to meet with Gov. Ricardo Rossello to present a long list of items they urgently need. The north coastal town of Manati had run out of fuel and fresh water, Mayor Jose Sanchez Gonzalez said.

    "Hysteria is starting to spread. The hospital is about to collapse. It's at capacity," he said, crying. "We need someone to help us immediately."

    The death toll from Maria in Puerto Rico was at least 10, including two police officers who drowned in floodwaters in the western town of Aguada. That number was expected to climb as officials from remote towns continued to check in with officials in San Juan.

    Authorities in the town of Vega Alta on the north coast said they had been unable to reach an entire neighborhood called Fatima, and were particularly worried about residents of a nursing home.

    "I need to get there today," Mayor Oscar Santiago told The Associated Press. "Not tomorrow, today."

    Rossello said Maria would clearly cost more than the last major storm to wallop the island, Hurricane George in September 1998. "This is without a doubt the biggest catastrophe in modern history for Puerto Rico," he said.

    A dam upstream of the towns of Quebradillas and Isabela in northwest Puerto Rico was cracked but had not burst by Saturday afternoon as the water continued to pour out of rain-swollen Lake Guajataca. Federal officials said Friday that 70,000 people, the number who live in the surrounding area, would have to be evacuated. But Javier Jimenez, mayor of the nearby town of San Sebastian, said he believed the number was far smaller.

    Secretary of Public Affairs Ramon Rosario said about 300 families were in harm's way.

    The governor said there is "significant damage" to the dam and authorities believe it could give way at any moment. "We don't know how long it's going to hold. The integrity of the structure has been compromised in a significant way," Rossello said.

    The 345-yard (316-meter) dam, which was built around 1928, holds back a man-made lake covering about 2 square miles (5 square kilometers). More than 15 inches (nearly 40 centimeters) of rain from Maria fell on the surrounding mountains, swelling the reservoir.

    Officials said 1,360 of the island's 1,600 cellphone towers were downed, and 85 percent of above-ground and underground phone and internet cables were knocked out. With roads blocked and phones dead, officials said, the situation may worsen.

    "We haven't seen the extent of the damage," Rossello told reporters in the capital. Rossello couldn't say when power might be restored.

    Maj. Gen. Derek P. Rydholm, deputy to the chief of the Air Force Reserve, said mobile communications systems were being flown in, but acknowledged "it's going to take a while" before people in Puerto Rico will be able to communicate with their families outside the island.

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    In San Juan, Neida Febus wandered around her neighborhood with bowls of cooked rice, ground meat and avocado, offering food to the hungry. The damage was so extensive, the 64-year-old retiree said, that she didn't think the power would be turned back on until Christmas.

    "This storm crushed us from one end of the island to the other," she said.

    Hour-long lines formed at the few gas stations that reopened on Friday and anxious residents feared power could be out for weeks — or even months — and wondered how they would cope.

    "I'm from here. I believe we have to step up to the task. If everyone leaves, what are we going to do? With all the pros and the cons, I will stay here," Israel Molina, 68, who lost roofing from his San Juan mini-market to the storm, said, and then paused. "I might have a different response tomorrow."


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    Hurricane Maria expected to pass close to the Carolinas next week
    Changes in Maria’s track will need to be monitored closely over the next few days
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    Hurricane Maria maintained a category 3 status Saturday morning, slowly moving north and away from the Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph. While Maria is not expected to impact any landmass for the next several days, concerns of some type of impact along the southeastern U.S. coast are growing after the latest model runs.
    In a manner similar to Hurricane Jose, Maria will drop out of the strong upper-level winds of the jet stream, trapping the storm and preventing its escape out to sea for several days. During that time, Maria will be hovering a bit too close for comfort to the Carolina coastline.

    Most global model members keep Maria meandering off shore and away from the East Coast, showing the storm eventually getting picked up by a cold front Friday and pushed out to sea. However, the exact position of Maria’s stall is uncertain, and recent model trends have placed the storm further to the west and closer to the Carolina coast, prompting the NHC to shift their official track in the 11 a.m. update.
    Changes in Maria’s track will need to be monitored closely over the next few days. In particular, the exact strength and position of two high-pressure features by early next week will dictate just how close Maria will get the East Coast

    Through the weekend, Maria’s impacts to the East Coast will be limited with the NHC’s stating that “dangerous surf and rip currents (are) expected at southeastern United States beaches for the next several days.”

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    Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico officials describe 'apocalyptic' conditions
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    Days after Hurricane Maria pounded the island of Puerto Rico, killing at least 10 people, authorities are starting to see firsthand the scope of devastation that left the US territory off the grid.
    Without power and communications in much of the island, millions of people, including city leaders and first responders, have been cut off from the world since Maria hit Wednesday.
    Authorities flew over the island Saturday, and were stunned by what they saw. No cellphones, water or power. Roads completely washed away and others blocked by debris, isolating residents.

    Days after Hurricane Maria pounded the island of Puerto Rico, killing at least 10 people, authorities are starting to see firsthand the scope of devastation that left the US territory off the grid.
    Without power and communications in much of the island, millions of people, including city leaders and first responders, have been cut off from the world since Maria hit Wednesday.
    Authorities flew over the island Saturday, and were stunned by what they saw. No cellphones, water or power. Roads completely washed away and others blocked by debris, isolating residents.

    Days after Hurricane Maria pounded the island of Puerto Rico, killing at least 10 people, authorities are starting to see firsthand the scope of devastation that left the US territory off the grid.
    Without power and communications in much of the island, millions of people, including city leaders and first responders, have been cut off from the world since Maria hit Wednesday.
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    Days after Hurricane Maria pounded the island of Puerto Rico, killing at least 10 people, authorities are starting to see firsthand the scope of devastation that left the US territory off the grid.
    Without power and communications in much of the island, millions of people, including city leaders and first responders, have been cut off from the world since Maria hit Wednesday

    Authorities flew over the island Saturday, and were stunned by what they saw. No cellphones, water or power. Roads completely washed away and others blocked by debris, isolating residents.



    "It was devastating to see all that kind of debris in all areas, in all towns of the island," Jenniffer González, the island's non-voting representative in Congress told CNN.

    We never expected to have a lot of debris in so many areas. A lot of roads are closed, older ones are just gone," she added.

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