On Monday, Hurricane Maria knocked out power and communications throughout much of Puerto Rico, and residents were left without access to phones and other basic necessities.
While many Puerto Ricans were unable to get out of their homes or businesses to evacuate, the island is still struggling to get to safety.
As the hurricane approached, it was raining hard, damaging roads and homes, and many Puerto Rico residents feared for their lives.
“It was raining, and it was really, really heavy,” said Ana, a retired teacher who lives in San Juan.
“We were in our house, and I had to pull out my cellphone to call my husband, who was in the basement with a child, because it was pouring rain, and he was not going to leave his home without his cellphone.”
“And we had just a couple of hours before the next big storm came,” she added.
“I had to go to work, I had no place to go.”
The hurricane brought with it an increased number of downed trees, power outages, downed power lines, and downed power poles.
Many residents said they were unsure what to do, and even those who had their homes in the hurricane’s path were left wondering if they would be able to evacuate in the coming days.
Maria’s destruction has left the island with few, if any, safe routes to get away from the hurricane.
“This is a disaster,” Maria survivor Andres, a 55-year-old retired nurse, told CBS News.
“The water is getting really high, and the winds are blowing like crazy.
It’s not safe to go outside.”
The U.S. Virgin Islands, which were spared from the storm because of a lack of communication, also experienced some of the highest levels of damage in the U.N. agency’s statistics.
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District of Columbia reported the highest number of deaths from the Category 3 storm, with more than 2,400 people having died in the affected areas.
“There’s so much destruction, people don’t know what to take,” said Jose Manuel, a resident of the U!’s U!
“And it’s all very dark.
It feels like it’s dark because of the rain.”
A few days ago, Maria caused widespread power outage across the U .
S. mainland, including Florida, with several power plants shutting down.
Hurricane Maria destroyed power in the Miami area and in Miami-Dade County, where nearly 6,000 homes and businesses are without power.
Residents in Miami and surrounding areas have been without electricity for at least three days, according to ABC News.