In photos: This is what Hurricane María left behind in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria crossed the island of Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane knocking out electricity and causing widespread flooding as rivers burst their banks. These are some of the images of the island post-Maria. (Images from Efe and AFP)
21 Sep 2017 – 12:38 PM EDT
Residents wade through the streets of Catano near San Juan Bay.
Houses still surrounded by flood water the day after passage of Hurricane Maria. (Getty Images)
In Catano, near the Bay of San Juan residents get a ride through flooded streets on a bulldozer.
A man carries a bicycle on the median wall of a flooded highway in San Juan. (Getty Images))
The lights went out across the country, including the capital, San Juan. Officials say it could be months before electricity is fully restored due to the island's long-running economic crisis. (Getty Images)
Fajardo, in the east of the island was one of the towns most affected by the floods. Hurricane Maria strengthened for the Dominican Republic and became again a Category 3 major hurricane.
Crédito: Getty Images
In social networks circulate dramatic images of the floods caused by Maria in the island.
A child plays in a flooded street in San Juan. Crédito: Getty Images
Plaza Colón, in the capital of the island, suffered fallen trees. Crédito: Getty Images
Maria made landfall in southeastern Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane and winds of 160 miles per hour (250km / h) and left the island's north coast as a Category 3 after cutting a devastating eight-hour path of destruction. Crédito: AP/Carlos Giusti
A man died in Bayamón, in the northeast of the island, when he was struck by flying debris. Crédito: AP/Carlos Giusti
The road is blocked by downed power lines in Humacoa, in the east of the island. They currently pose no risk as power is out throughout the island. Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP
More evidence of why the power is out across Puerto Rico. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images
Downed power lines throughout the country collapsed the grid for the entire island. The governor said it will take months until the grid is fully repaired. Crédito: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
El servicio eléctrico ya había demostrado fragilidades con el paso del huracán Irma hace dos semanas. Cuando llegó María, unos 50,000 abonados aún estaban sin electricidad y unas 200 personas seguían en refugios. Crédito: AP/Carlos Giusti
The governor warned residents to prepare for "the worst" storm in almost a century. In 1928, Hurricane Okeechobee, also called "San Felipe II", hit the island as a Category 5 and killed 300 people. Crédito: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Power lines were downed all over the island leaving whole communities with power, or water. Crédito: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
The worst affected were flimsy homes made of wood. Concrete structures fared much better, though the island was left almost completely without power and water. Crédito: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Maria downed trees and blocked roads, leaving the island of Puerto Rico incommunicado. Crédito: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Some areas were devastated by maria, including the area of Guayama in the south of the country. Crédito: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins