Maria is the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico since 1932.
Hurricane Maria raked across Puerto Rico Wednesday as the most powerful storm to strike the island in more than 80 years, ripping roofs off buildings and filling homes with water, and knocking out power to the entire population.
Definitely Puerto Rico — when we can get outside — we will find our island destroyed. The information we have received is not encouraging. It’s a system that has destroyed everything it has had in its path.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has embedded workers across the U.S. territories in the Caribbean, including in parts of the U.S. Virgin Islands affected by Irma, to ensure residents have food and water before the storm.
Samantha Schmidt is a reporter for The Washington Post’s Morning Mix team.
Sandhya Somashekhar is the social change reporter for the Washington Post.
Berman and Somashekhar reported from Washington. Daniel Cassady in San Juan; Amy Gordon in Vieques, Puerto Rico; Anthony Faiola in Miami; Rachelle Krygier in Caracas, Venezuela; and Brian Murphy, Jason Samenow, Dan Lamothe and Amy B Wang in Washington contributed to this report.
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