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Puerto Rico prepares for Hurricane Maria to make landfall

Storm expected to make landfall as Category 4 hurricane

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Many people in Puerto Rico removed plywood from their windows last week, only to put it back up as Hurricane Maria is expected to make landfall on the island Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane.

"We're protecting our space and taking all preventative measures to be safe, which is our priority," said Adelisa Gonzalez, director of Fundacion Casa Cortes.

Walking around Old San Juan right now, Local 10 News reporter Andrew Perez saw a lot of people getting ready for the storm and buying supplies.

The concern was not necessarily the storm itself, but what can happen afterward should Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.

"There are people who perhaps got power for the first time yesterday since Irma, and pretty much after Maria, we may not have it again," Hilda Infante said. "There are still people with no power now."

Infante has been updating her daughter, who lives in Pembroke Pines, after her daughter just dealt with Hurricane Irma.

"She's worried, like I was worried when it was happening over there," Infante said. "We're always in touch."

Communication on the island is touch and go, but is working for now.

The governor ordered evacuations ahead of the storm.

At least 450 shelters have opened, with warnings of catastrophic damage and a possible collapse of the vulnerable electrical system.

 


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