September 21, 2017 9:39 am
Updated: September 21, 2017 1:01 pm

IN PHOTOS: Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico in utter devastation

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Puerto Rico was left in devastation after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the U.S. territory, cutting power to the entire island, flattening homes and causing massive flooding.

Maria hammered the island when it made landfall as a Category 4 storm Wednesday with winds nearing 250 km/h, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years.

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In the capital of San Juan, trees and power lines covered roadways while many streets remained flooded as a result of the storm.

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All of Puerto Rico was under a flash flood warning on Thursday as the tail end of the storm could bring another 10 to 20 centimetres of rain, bringing the storm’s total to nearly 90 centimetres.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said there was one death reported so far: a man struck by a piece of lumber hurled by high winds.

“It’s nothing short of a major disaster,” he said in a CNN interview.

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Hurricane Maria has left at least 10 people dead as it churns through the Caribbean, the second major hurricane to hit the islands this month.

Here’s a look at some devastation Hurricane Maria left in its wake.

A partially flooded road is seen in Fajardo as Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017.

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Flooded roads are seen in Fajardo as Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017.

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A sail boat lies over a pier in Fajardo as Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017.

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Hydro lines lay toppled on the road after Hurricane Maria hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico.

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Damaged hydro boxes are seen after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico September 20, 2017.

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A man pictured outside a damaged home in Guayama, Puerto Rico after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria, September 20, 2017.

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A police officer walks next to damaged electrical boxes in Guayama, Puerto Rico after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria, September 20, 2017.

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A damaged supermarket pictured in Guayama, Puerto Rico after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria, September 20, 2017.

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Damaged fishing boats pictured in San Juan Bay, Puerto Rico after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria, September 20, 2017.

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Hurricane Maria passed through Puerto Rico leaving behind a path of destruction across the U.S. territory, September 20, 2017.

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Trees block the streets after Hurricane Maria hit San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017.

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Trees block the streets after Hurricane Maria hit San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017.

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A damaged gas station pictured after Hurricane Maria hit San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017.

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Light posts lay on the ground after the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017.

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Damaged trees pictured after the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017.

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