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Puerto Rican dam fails in San Juan after Maria leaves devastation; evacuation in place

Click to play video: 'Aerial footage shows extent of the damage at dam in Puerto Rico'
Aerial footage shows extent of the damage at dam in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican officials are rushing to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria – Sep 25, 2017

A dam in the northern part of  Puerto Rico has failed, prompting evacuations in the territory that was already devastated by Hurricane Maria.

The National Weather Service in San Juan said Friday the northwestern municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas, home to about 70,000 people, were being evacuated because a nearby dam was failing.

IN PHOTOS: Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico in utter devastation

Click to play video: 'People carried, taken on boats as Puerto Rico homes evacuated following Hurricane Maria'
People carried, taken on boats as Puerto Rico homes evacuated following Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico faced another night of darkness Friday, two days after Hurricane Maria hurled rain and wind at the U.S. territory and knocked out its electricity grid. Residents feared power could be out for weeks – or even months – and wondered how their battered island would cope.

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