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All Of Puerto Rico Is Without Power After Maria (Photos)

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U.S. territories are once again reeling from the devastation brought by intense storms after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, leaving 100 percent of the island without electric power.

The storm marks the first Category 4 hurricane to directly hit Puerto Rico since 1932. Maria first hit the coast of the 100-mile-long island at 6:15 a.m. with 155 mph winds, though storm conditions had been reported as early as 4 a.m., according to The Washington Post.

The storm sped its way over the island, engulfing the entirety of it by mid-morning. The winds and rain began to ease around the afternoon.

Virtually no area of the island was spared, including inland areas that rarely flood. Rescue teams had to tell citizens to sit tight during the height of the storm, at which point no one could wander outside.

First responders have yet to assess the full extent of the damage.

"I just want it to be 10 p.m. so it can all pass, and I can call my family," said resident Adriana Rosado, according to Arkansas Online. She rode out the storm with her husband in a sixth-floor hotel room, which was damaged by the hurricane.

Though no deaths have been reported in Puerto Rico as of yet, Hurricane Maria has already claimed a few lives.

Seven people have been reported dead on the island of Dominica, which was hit first with 160 mph winds, the strongest the nation has ever endured, CNN reports. Roosevelt Skerrit, Dominica's Prime Minister, said Maria caused "widespread devastation."

In Guadeloupe, the government claimed one man had died due to being struck by a tree after ignoring orders to stay inside. Two other people are missing after a boat sank near a small island off the coast of Guadeloupe. Roughly 80,000 people, or 40 percent of the island's households, have no power.

Maria has followed a similar track as Hurricane Irma, the Category 5 hurricane that devastated island nations and Florida in early September.

The storm is expected to veer off Irma's path after passing Puerto Rico and eventually die off in the Atlantic Ocean.

Though it looks as if Florida will be spared, Maria is still likely to hit other island nations before going away. The British and U.S. Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos, the southeastern Bahamas and the northern coast of the Dominican Republic are all under hurricane warnings as of Sept. 20, CNN reports. St. Martin/St. Maarten are under tropical storm warning.

Sources: The Washington PostCNN, Arkansas Online / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo via The Washington Post, GOES 16 Satellite Image/NOAA via The Washington Post

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