Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico on Wednesday, September 20, making landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm with 155-mph winds, according to the National Hurricane Center. It left 100% of the island without power. Earlier this week, Maria pounded Puerto Rico for hours as the third-strongest storm ever to hit a US territory.
Reports described intense damage on the island. Cellphone communications failed as towers went down. The Puerto Rican emergency-management agency said 100% of the island was without power by Wednesday afternoon and that Maria had damaged "everything in its path," according to reports.