Hurricane Maria Just Wiped Out Puerto Rico’s Entire Power Grid

The Background 

Everyone knew Maria was going to wreak havoc on any island in its path, but we’re not sure anyone could have predicted this: Puerto Rico has gone dark. Like full-blown lights out. And there’s no light at the end of this tunnel. Maria took out the entire island’s power grid, and because (to put it nicely) Puerto Rico’s government is broke AF, they’re going to have a really hard time fixing it. At this point, experts are expecting the island to be without power for at least four to six months. New York Times

What Else You Need to Know

According to longtime residents, they’ve never seen anything quite like Maria (and that includes Irma).The winds were strong and ruthless, and the rain didn’t stop for hours. Even the most well-built shelters were no match for the storm, including the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, which lost its roof along with all running water. Between broken power lines, snapped trees and waist-deep water, there’s almost no way to get around the island to assess the damage — though word is spreading that several rural areas have been decimated by the storm. If this is any indication what Mother Nature has in store for the future, we’re in deep, deep, trouble.

What’s Next?

The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, is urging POTUS to declare the island a disaster zone in order to escalate the assistance coming from the U.S.