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    Photos: Puerto Rico still facing effects of Maria as dam failure forces thousands to evacuate

    By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
    September 25, 2017, 9:23:05 AM EDT

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    Emergency officials in Puerto Rico evacuated tens of thousands of people on Friday afternoon due to an imminent dam failure in the nearby areas of Isabela and Quebradillas, following Hurricane Maria's devastating blow.

    The Guajataca Dam is on the verge of collapse under the weight of flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

    Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said on Sunday that evacuation orders remain in effect as the dam is showing signs of possible collapse.

    With recovery operations in full swing, the government will create seven temporary hospitals in Puerto Rico to ensure health services to hurricane victims.


    Rossello and his team met to receive updates on recovery efforts early on Sunday.


    Maria unleashed more than 2 feet (600 mm) of rain on parts of the island, leading to record flooding. Wind gusts in excess of 110 mph (177 km/h) also struck Puerto Rico as the storm plowed across the island.

    The entire island lost power, and it could take months before the power is fully restored. While residents are trying to recover without power, San Juan, Puerto Rico has reached record temperatures.

    Maria made landfall on Dominica around Monday, Sept. 18 with estimated maximum sustained winds of 160 mph before striking southeastern Puerto Rico, near Yabucoa, on Sept. 20. Puerto Rico's governor has called Maria the worst hurricane in a century.

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    Maria was the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico in 85 years.

    The last major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) to make landfall in Puerto Rico was Georges in 1998. The only Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico was the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane.

    Maria is the second Category 5 hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic Season, which makes this is the first season with two or more Category 5 hurricanes since 2007.

    Click here to for information on how to help the victims of the 2017 hurricane season.

    Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

    A completely ruined house is seen in El Negro community a day after the impact of Hurricane Maria, in Puerto Rico, Thursday, September 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

    Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

    People walk next to a gas station flooded and damaged by the impact of Hurricane Maria, which hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

    Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

    A resident wades through a flooded road in the Toa Ville community two days after the impact of Hurricane Maria in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

    Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

    Residents evacuate after the passing of Hurricane Maria, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)





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