After Puerto Rico residents were evacuated from their homes, the authorities on the island told those in shelters not to go outside yet. The storm went from a Category 4 to a Category 2 after making landfall but eventually regained strength, becoming a Category 3 hurricane.
Watch: Hurricane Maria pounds Puerto Rico
After pounding Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria left the island with no power, the local authorities announced Wednesday evening. The thousands of residents who fled to the hurricane shelters have been instructed to remain in there until further notice due to the dangerous floods caused by the heavy rainfall.
The storm went from a Category 4 to a Category 2 after making landfall but eventually regained strength, becoming a Category 3 hurricane. At least seven people were killed on the island of Guadeloupe.
Puerto Rico, after the storm Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
More than 500 shelters were opened, according to Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello. Eye-witnesses said that a large building that was being used as a shelter ended up being right in the path of Maria’s eye and was stripped of its roof. “It looks really bad here,” said a woman who was in the destroyed shelter.
“This is only the beginning,” Rossello said during an interview with a local TV station. “We know that serious and widespread damage was caused and in some places, there are dangerous floods.”
Speaking to CNN last night, Rossello said that it could take months to restore power to everyone on the island. He also told the American news network that at least one person on the island died as a result of the storm.