Residents of US territory of Puertto Rico have been hit by Hurricane Maria, the second major hurricane to hit the Caribbean this month. The Hurricane flooded streets, damaging buildings and bringing down telecommunication towers and power lines.
Leaving at least nine people dead in its wake across the region, Maria blew ashore in the morning in the southeast coastal town of Yabucoa as a Category 4 storm with winds of 250km per hour (km/h).
It was expected to buffet Puerto Rico, home to about 3.4 million people, with strong winds for 12 to 24 hours.
Rivers burst their banks, and the winds downed trees and damaged homes and buildings, including several hospitals, according to local news media.
News pictures showed whole blocks flooded in the Hato Rey neighbourhood of the capital, San Juan.
Electricity was out across the island on Wednesday, El Nuevo Dia newspaper said, while thousands of people were seeking safety in shelters.
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