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Puerto Rico on Wednesday completely without power after Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm to hit the US territory in 90 years, turned the island upside-down. Streets now debris laden rivers, buildings damaged and thousands of people looking for safety in shelters. Reuter's senior correspondent Dave Graham is in Puerto Rico's capital.
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>> As you can probably tell, the wind is still blowing pretty hard here in San Juan. The hurricane hit the town pretty hard this morning. And the winds have been blowing here for the last 12 hours, basically. So far, there has been extensive reports of flooding around the country.
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A lot of the buildings around here have taken quite a knock. There's major flooding in the buildings here. And even behind us, there was a bit of looting earlier on when this window broke. And some people that happened to be passing, or perhaps not, came in and helped themselves to some clothes.
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The power went out here around midnight. And some of the places, according to locals, went out when Irma was here, still haven't got it back yet. So there's a lot of work to do.>> Maria, the second major hurricane to rip through the Caribbean this month, was carrying winds of up to 155 miles per hour, high storm surges.
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And drenching rains when it made landfall on the Southeast part of the island. Maria has killed at least nine people in the Caribbean, seven on the island of Dominica, and two on the French Territory of Guadalupe. So far, no deaths have been reported in Puerto Rico.