>> It's been a week and a half since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, and the situation remains dire. I'm Hugh Bronstein for Reuters, in San Juan, where supplies and help is still very much needed. Power outages remain all around the island, but what's most striking to somebody just getting to town is the fact that no normal activity has been able to resume.
At the end of this street there's a hotel that has had to completely shut down. All the houses around this area are basically condemned. There are power lines hanging precariously at different angles over streets where cars are still passing under. People can't get their hands on cash, which means they can't go out and go shopping.
Even people who have plenty of money in the back can't get their hands on it, because there's no electricity and there's no communications. The sound that's most noticable in most of these neighborhoods is the sound of silence. Where normally there would be all kinds of activity, there's now nothing in many of these neighbors in San Juan.
The stench of these huge puddles that have turned into small lakes inundating entire neighborhoods is beginning to become strong as well. So there's definitely the sense that a lot of help is still needed.