The following is an excerpt from Holly Yan, Steve Almasy and Cassandra Santiago | September 20, 2017 | CNN.com |
(CNN)Now that Hurricane Maria has moved past Puerto Rico, search and rescue teams are taking to the darkened streets of an island almost completely without power.
The devastating winds had died down to a whisper late Wednesday and the flooding rains were just a drizzle, but getting around was difficult due to widespread damage and no electricity except from generators.
"We are 100% without power," a spokesman for the Puerto Rico governor's office said Wednesday.
The storm caused widespread flooding and ripped trees out of the ground. More than 10,000 remained in shelters Wednesday night.
"This is total devastation," said Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico's governor. "Puerto Rico, in terms of the infrastructure, will not be the same. ... This is something of historic proportions."
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