Hurricane Maria Rips Through Puerto Rico — Top Pictures And Videos So Far

After ripping through Dominica, which took a direct hit from the storm, Hurricane Maria is now ravaging Puerto Rico. In only a matter of 50 hours, the storm went from a tropical storm to a powerful category 5 storm, which is considered unprecedented.

Puerto Rico is completely out of power, due to extreme flooding, storm surge and winds of more than 150 miles per hour. The storm weakened ever so slightly to a category 4 upon landfall. There are over 500 open shelters in the country, but the integrity of those structures is questionable, according to Governor Ricardo Rosselló.

After Puerto Rico, the storm is anticipated to hit Turks and Caicos, as well as the Bahamas, as they are in the “cone of uncertainty.”

In the age of social media, it is incredible to see all of these real-time photos and videos cropping up. But given that so many are without power, there will probably be more footage coming out later this week. Here are some top photos and videos of the storm, which capture the distress in the Caribbean:

Ahora mismo Condominio Parque de Loyola , Hato Rey San Juan – Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 #jorgedecastrofont

A post shared by Jorge DeCastro Font (@jorgedecastrofont) on

Orando por Puerto Rico 🙏 #hurricanemaria

A post shared by 🌹Mama Pow 🌹 (@maddy_like_a_rose) on

#puertorico #maria

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— Peter Amirata

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