Skip to content

Hurricane Maria scours Puerto Rico, will be months before electricity is restored

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
9/21/2017 (9 months ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Puerto Rico has been destroyed.

Hurricane Maria is the greatest disaster to befall Puerto Rico in centuries. The storm has ravaged the island, leaving all its residents without power. It may take months to restore electricity. But for now, the focus is on survival as the island is receiving between 20-35 inches of rain, causing catastrophic flooding.

Winds have combined with floods to destroy the island. Recovery will take months to years.

Winds have combined with floods to destroy the island. Recovery will take months to years.

Highlights

LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -- One person has died in the storm, but it is possible that many more lives have been lost. Communication on the island is nearly impossible because of the lack of electricity. Officials say it could be months before power is restored. The island is flooded, and people have been warned to get to high ground and stay there.

Hurricane Maria swept ashore with 155 MPH sustained winds. It hit the island directly, with the eye tracking from the southeastern corner of the island to the northwestern corner. The eye was large enough to cover the entire island.


While it is calm inside the eye of a hurricane, the winds and rain around the eye are the most intense. As the eye approaches and passes over a given spot, that place will be hit twice by the storm's most powerful winds.

Most areas are battered by the outer bands of a hurricane, and never see the eye.

The island is still receiving rain from the storm and will continue to be drenched until Saturday, when Maria finally moves far enough away. Some areas will receive up to 35 inches of rain, a little shy of three feet. Most places will see about 20 inches.

The rainfall has already caused rivers to flood and turn into muddy deathtraps for anything in their path. It is likely many lives have been lost to these floods, but so far only one fatality has been reported. The lack of power on the island has made communication nearly impossible.

Destroyed infrastructure means Puerto Rico will be months without power.

Destroyed infrastructure means Puerto Rico will be months without power.


Maria previously struck the islands of Guadalupe and Dominica, devastating both islands. Homes were ripped apart and mudslides have been reported. On Dominica, seven people have died, but the death toll is expected to rise.

Hurricane Maria is now brushing against the Dominican Republic and will also strike some of the islands in the Bahamas before turning north into the Atlantic.

Maria left no property on Dominica untouched.

Maria left no property on Dominica untouched.


Trees were stripped of bark, then broken into pieces by Maria

Trees were stripped of bark, then broken into pieces by Maria's winds. Floods carried the pieces into streets, forming a natural roadblock.


Light Your Prayer Candle Now

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2018
Priests and their Pastoral Ministry.
That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.


Comments


More Americas

Man attempts exorcism on metro train, here's what happened next Watch

Image of An allegedly possessed woman strikes at a man attempting an exorcism on her.

A viral video appears to show a man attempting an exorcism on an allegedly possessed woman riding on Mexico City's metro train.  LOS ... continue reading


Rural Mexican Schools Provide Education - Not Running Water Watch

Image of

Suritzel de Jesus Cruz, 11, is lucky to live right behind her school. She goes home twice a day to use the bathroom because her school ... continue reading


Church mediates truce, negotiations between Nicaraguan government and opposition Watch

Image of

The Nicaraguan government and opposition groups agreed Friday to a truce during talks mediated by the Nicaraguan bishops, after nearly two ... continue reading


Church appeals for unity, peace in Nicaragua Watch

Image of

As unrest centered on protests of president Daniel Ortega continues unabated in Nicaragua, bishops in the country are calling for unity and ... continue reading


Minn. nonprofit helps Guatemala volcano victims

Image of Many survivors have turned to the charity's homeless shelter that's been turned into an emergency shelter.

It's been one week since Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego (the Volcano of Fire) erupted. The initial eruption killed at least 110 people, while ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.