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Puerto Rico "destroyed" and is completely without power due to Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria has knocked out power to the entire island, home to 3.5 million people, officials say.


Island of Puerto Rico 'destroyed' by Hurricane Maria, officials say
The island of Puerto Rico has been "destroyed" after Hurricane Maria made landfall there as a Category 4 storm Wednesday morning, according to emergency officials. 

 Puerto Rico's office of emergency management confirmed that 100 percent of the U.S. territory had lost power, noting that anyone with electricity was using a generator. 

 Telecommunications throughout the island have "collapsed," Abner Gomez Cortes, executive director of Puerto Rico's office of emergency management and disaster administration agency, told ABC News. 

 Cortes described Maria as an unprecedented storm, adding that the island had not seen a storm of that strength since 1928. 


  The hurricane knocked out power to the entire island, home to 3.5 million people, officials say. People were urged to evacuate their homes and head for shelters by Governor Ricardo Rossell√≥, who said "we have not experienced an event of this magnitude in our modern history."

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