We are going to find our island destroyed: Puerto Rico on Hurricane Maria

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“Once we’re able to go outside, we’re going to find our island destroyed,” said Abner Gomez, Puerto Rico’s Emergency Management Director. “The information we have received is not encouraging. It’s a system that has destroyed everything in its path.”

Hurricane Maria has weakened to a category 3 storm as it moves across Puerto Rico, but she is still packing winds at 115 miles per hour.

Gomez said the hurricane is damaging “everything in its path,” and the entire island is now without power and experiencing extreme flooding

An emergency medical station in the town of Arecibo has lost its roof, a hospital and a police station reported broken windows, communication has been lost with several emergency management posts, and a tree fell on an ambulance.

These are not stalks of bambook – they are beheaded palm trees./Courtesy of Mike Theiss/twitter

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello has asked US President Donald Trump to declare the island a disaster area.

500 shelters were open before Maria arrived for people to seek safe haven.