Puerto Rico braces for Hurricane Maria impact

Maria was upgraded to a category 5 storm as it churned across an already hurricane-ravaged Caribbean.
1:21 | 09/19/17

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Rob Marciano is in Puerto Rico bracing for a catastrophic hit. Reporter: Puerto Rico boarding up, the second major hurricane bearing down on the island in less than two weeks. Flights to San Juan usually packed with tourists, mostly residents scrambling to get back home. Are people nervous, scared? Definitely. It's been a while since we had such a strong hurricane hit us directly. Reporter: The eye of hurricane Irma passing just north of here. Winds on the island reaching 70 miles an hour. Devastating the Virgin Islands and the island of St. Martin, destroying some 90% of the buildings on the island of barbuda. We cannot afford to become complacent. Reporter: The islands racing to clear debris left behind by Irma. All of the debris, we're worried about that becoming project tiles. Reporter: Residents asked to weigh down anything that could be in the debris. Thank you. Stay safe. You can download the ABC news app now and sign up to get breaking news alerts on the tropical storm warnings for the northeast and on the hurricanes in the atlantic.

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