Ways to help relief efforts for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

The island is virtually without power and cell service after Maria's wrath.

ByJulia Jacobo
September 26, 2017, 5:30 PM

— -- Puerto Rico is virtually without power or cell service after Hurricane Maria barreled through the island, leaving those searching for loved ones in a shroud of uncertainty.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said the island is facing an "unprecedented disaster" after the storm made landfall as a powerful Category 4 hurricane last week.

While about 5 percent of electricity had been restored across the island by Monday night, generators remain the only source of power for more than 3 million American citizens.

The storm killed at least 16 and left the island littered with rubble from demolished homes and downed trees and power lines.

How to help relief efforts

PHOTO: A resident surveys the damage on her property after Hurricane Maria made landfall, Sept. 21, 2017, in the Guaynabo suburb of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
A resident surveys the damage on her property after Hurricane Maria made landfall, Sept. 21, 2017, in the Guaynabo suburb of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The majority of the island has lost power, in San Juan many are left without running water or cell phone service, and the Governor said Maria is the "most devastating storm to hit the island this century."
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How to try to reach loved ones in Puerto Rico

PHOTO: Hurricane Maria knocked out the entire grid across the Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Maria knocked out the entire grid across the Puerto Rico.
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