Puerto Rico Update

The Category 3 storm (Hurricane Maria) still has maximum winds of 125 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The core of the storm was about 115 miles northeast of the southeastern Bahamas at 5 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Puerto Rico still didn’t have power Friday and they might have no electricity for months. The storm has killed at least 30 people across the Caribbean. On Friday afternoon, a failing dam prompted emergency evacuations of 2 towns in northwestern Puerto Rico. “It’s a structural failure. I don’t have any more details,” Gov. Ricardo Rossello said from the capitol, San Juan. “We’re trying to evacuate as many people as possible.” The government called the situation “extremely dangerous.” The northwestern municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas, home to about 70,000 people, were being evacuated, the weather service said. The White House says President Trump talked to the governors of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Independence is essential for rebuilding Puerto Rico. This might imply a commitment to independence for the island.

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