Puerto Rico buildings, homes vulnerable to Maria

The wind and storm surge from Hurricane Maria could destroy the island's infrastructure as many homes and buildings are not built to code and can only withstand winds of 125 mph, experts say.
2:31 | 09/20/17

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are in the path of hurricane MARIA trying to find shelter from the deadly storm looking live at the hurricane right there slamming the island as we speak. It made landfall just moments ago as a category 4 storm. And the governor is warning it could be Puerto Rico's most catastrophic hurricane in nearly a century. Right on top of last week, our chief meteorologist ginger zee tracking it all. Good morning. Good morning, George. Category 4 hurricane, the first for Puerto Rico to make landfall earlier this morning since 1932 and now it's sitting on that southeastern corner bringing those heavy winds, over 100 miles an hour and extreme wind warning for 115 plus miles per hour including San Juan and put on the gust at the last hour, 91 and that is where we find our Victor Oquendo. I will show you that track coming -- happens after there but we have to get to Victor because the pictures coming out of Puerto Rico, amazing, Victor. Reporter: Ginger, we're down on the street level where conditions are just getting worse. The winds are so loud, so powerful and only getting stronger. If you can see behind me there is already a lot of debris covering the streets out here in the area of San Juan where we are. This is a very popular tourist destination. There are a lot of tourists staying here at the hole tell thinking they were okay because hurricane Irma passed by. They were not expecting MARIA to become what it is now. The big concern here, the wind damage and the storm surge. Especially for certain homes across the island. Puerto Rico is filled with homes that were built, no code at all built illegally and those are the homes speaking with an engineering professor at a university here saying that those are the ones that are most at risk. Those are the ones that will be destroyed possibly washed away by the storm surge. A lot of hopes were built to a certain code built to withstand winds of 125 miles per hour but that's like a category 2 hurricane. MARIA obviously much stronger than that. Ginger just mentioned it. Puerto Rico hasn't been tested by a storm this strong since 1932. The winds as I mentioned continue to pick up. Just look at that. There's a piece of metal shielding out here. Looks like that came from some type of awning and only getting worse in this area. As far as the storm surge is concerned numberwise we could be looking at about 6 to 9 feet and the people who work here at the hotel, they tell us that it's already worse here than when hurricane Irma passed by, much worse at this point. Guy, I'm going to send it back to you for right now and go back to our safe spot. You better get inside. Senior meteorologist rob

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