Hurricane Maria has passed through Puerto Rico but the situation remains bad for residents as the entire island has been left without power.
The storm was once a category five but it has lost some strength after passing through Puerto Rico. The National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday afternoon that Maria was now a category three. As of 2 pm ET, the storm had winds of up to 115 mph, much less than the 160 mph that it had when it was a category five.
A spokesman for the governor’s office confirmed less than two hours ago that the island of Puerto Rico is completely without power. Hurricane Maria has left destruction in the island but little details are known since winds continue striking the areas.
Hurricane Maria has passed through Dominica and nearby islands in recent days. According to officials, the storm has left seven people dead. Many of the islands affected were recovering from hurricane Irma, one of the strongest hurricanes in history.
The storm first hit Dominica, leaving destruction and many areas without power. The Prime Minister’s home was one of many that had their roofs torn off by the strong winds. The hurricane weakened after passing through Dominica but became a category five again shortly after.
Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico earlier today with winds of 155 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm weakened a few hours later but was still a category four. The National Hurricane Center says the hurricane might reach the Dominican Republic later today.
Hurricane Maria comes after hurricane Irma, Jose and Katia. The busy hurricane season has seen many powerful storms, including Maria, which became a category five storm less than two days after it was a tropical storm. The storm has had a similar path to hurricane Irma, left destruction across the Caribbean islands and Florida.