Videos Of Hurricane Maria In Puerto Rico Show Intense Winds As It Makes Landfall


The first Category 4 hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in 85 years made its dreaded arrival on the island on Wednesday morning, Sept. 20. Now, videos of Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico show exactly what that arrival looks like. In short, the storm's 155 mph winds look as intense as meteorologists feared.

Before the arrival of the Maria, CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam said from the capital San Juan,

The island's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, also expressed concern for the scale of the storm ahead its landing. Rosselló told the Associated Press on Tuesday,

Hurricane Maria arrived on the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico at around 6:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the Washington Post reports. As opposed to Hurricane Irma -- which traveled through Florida via a path that veered away from what a number of meteorologist feared as a worst cast scenario track -- Maria appears to have struck its latest target via the very path that projections indicated it would.

CNN meteorologist Chad Meyers said,

On Wednesday morning, videos broadcasted by various news networks showed exactly what that landfall looked like, complete with shots of reports swaying in the wind at the mercy of a hurricane.

Here's some of the footage from Hurricane Maria's arrival in Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Maria's arrival in Puerto Rico comes just days after the island was hit by Hurricane Irma, which left significant damage on the island. After Irma hit the island, 1.5 million customers were initially left without electricity, while about 70,000 still don't have power, according to CNBC.

Tammy Sueiras, a resident of Puerto Rico, told NBC News.

The last time a Category 4 hurricane hit Puerto Rico was 1932, per the Washington Post.

A day before Maria made its impact on Puerto Rico, the storm battered the island of Dominica at Category 5 strength. While the storm was hitting Dominica -- and before lines of communication on the island had been cut off by the storm -- the island's prime minister sent a Facebook post indicated widespread devastation for residents.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit wrote,

Projections current indicate that Hurricane Maria will eventually travel east of Florida and the Carolinas, which look likely to avoid a direct hit from yet another storm traveling from the Caribbean. As for Puerto Rico, residents will be hoping for the best just as the storm looks to be bringing the worst.