Puerto Rico And US Virgin Islands Hit By Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico And US Virgin Islands Hit By Hurricane Maria

"Even if you are an American on the mainland, Puerto Rico is also your island and we are also your people", added the volunteer. As of Maria's arrival, more than 70,000 residents still had no electricity.

Felix Delgado, mayor of the northern coastal town of Catano, said 80 percent of the 454 homes in his neighborhood were destroyed. "Together, we will rebuild". It previously hit the islands of Dominica, Guadeloupe and the USA territory of St Croix, where Donald Trump has declared a major disaster.

It has already killed a man hit by a tree on the French island of Guadeloupe where two people are missing after their boat capsized. We have Los Angeles Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske on the line from San Juan.

After touring damaged neighborhoods across St. Croix, my prayer is for renewed strength and resolve to rebuild all of our islands in the wake of these two bad storms.

Many feared extended power outages on the island would further sink businesses struggling amid a recession that has lasted more than a decade. "Be careful, our hearts are with you- will be there to help!"

It made landfall a little south of Yabucoa Harbor, Puerto Rico, Wednesday morning and brought 155 miles per hour winds, according to weather officials. Many now believe it will take weeks, if not months, to restore power. Check out the latest LOLA animation of wave heights associated with the storm as it moves through Puerto Rico and the surrounding area.

With Jose continuing to weaken going forward, the next named storm to watch is Maria, a strong category 5 hurricane over Puerto Rico this morning.

"Yea, the winds have really started to kick up in the last few hours".

"This is the lowest pressure for any Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Dean's 905-mb minimum central pressure in August 2007", Dean said. There is damage but not as many, at least to my eyes, there was in Hurricane Hugo. In that case, several hundred people died.

The US and British Virgin Islands - still struggling to recover from Hurricane Irma - are also on alert, along with parts of the Dominican Republic.

Dominica's prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit said it wrought "widespread devastation" and the islanders had "lost all what money can buy and replace".

GREENE: I'm OK, probably better off than you right now.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico: Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans stunned by a hurricane that crushed concrete balconies, twisted metal gates and paralyzed the island with landslides, flooding and downed trees vowed to slowly rebuild amid an economic crisis as rescue crews fanned out across the United States territory Thursday.

Some 40 per cent of households in the archipelago of 400,000 do not have power.