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On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm, with upwards of 155 mph winds. As the hurricane continues to churn in the Atlantic, it is gaining power and speed, endangering more islands that stand in its path. This is the strongest storm to hit the country in nearly a century!

Some 3.4 million people across Puerto Rico suffered a power outage that is likely to remain for the next four to six months! Ricardo Ramos of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority told CNN that the power “‘system has been basically destroyed.'”

Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello called Maria “‘the most devastating storm to hit the islands this century, if not in modern history.'” in the same CNN report.

While the situation has since improved, many people still need water, food, generators and so much more. IRUSA continues its work with local partners on the ground to provide urgent aid.