He said in a statement Wednesday that there has been a "tremendous loss of housing and public buildings" in the mountainous island but the full extent of the damage isn't known.The storm struck the country Monday and Tuesday and is now over Puerto Rico. Zinc roofs were already flying and windows were breaking as Maria approached Puerto Rico before dawn, with nearly 900,000 people without power and one tree falling on an ambulance.
The storm was moving across Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning at 10 mph (17 kph), with a gust of 113 mph (182 kph) reported in the capital of San Juan, according to the U. The last Category 4 hurricane landfall in Puerto Rico occurred in 1932, and the strongest storm to ever hit the island was San Felipe in 1928 with winds of 160 mph (257 kph). Maria's maximum sustained winds Wednesday morning are near 155 mph (250 kph) and the U. National Hurricane Center says the storm should keep that intensity until it makes landfall. EDT, Maria is centered about 50 miles (75 kilometers) southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is moving northwest near 10 mph (17 kph).
6) the NHC released several images, including illustrations showing Irma's wind speed probabilities, a timetable of when it's expected to hit the landmasses in its path, the hurricane's wind history and interactive maps showing hurricane warnings.
This morning, the NHC also reported that Irma is moving about 16 mph (26 km/h) toward the Virgin Islands, and has wind speeds near 185 mph (295 km/h), with higher gusts.
We've expanded our network of fishing cams to include the Panama City Beach fishing cam.