Hurricane Maria Hammers Puerto Rico With Force Not Seen In Modern History

 Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 washingtonpost

Hurricane Maria roared ashore on Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to strike the island in more than 80 years while panicked residents fled to high ground and huddled in shelters hoping to withstand 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 storm slammed ashore near Yabucoa, Puerto Rico at 6:15 a.m. as a Category 4 hurricane with 155 mph winds — the first Category 4 storm to directly strike the island since 1932. By early morning, it was swirling across eastern Puerto Rico.
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