Hurricane Maria has knocked out power to the entire island of Puerto Rico.
The director of the State Agency for Emergency Management and Disaster Management, Abner Gómez, said in a press conference that 100 percent of the subscribers of the island's Electric Energy Authority are affected.
"When we can get outside - we will find our island destroyed," Gómez said. " The information we received is not encouraging. It's a system that has destroyed everything it has had in its wake."
The storm has also destroyed 80 percent of the homes in a neighborhood in Catano, a suburb of San Juan, Catano Mayor Felix Delgado told The Associated Press.
Metal roofs were flying off buildings and windows were breaking in San Juan, Puerto Rico even before Hurricane Maria made landfall as a Category 4 storm on the island's southeastern coast early Wednesday morning. Those who sought shelter at a coliseum in San Juan were moved to the building's second and third floors.
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