>> Hurricane Maria thrashing parts of the Dominican Republic Thursday, with heavy rain and high winds, killing 10 people so far in the Caribbean. One of the worst hit regions, Puerto Rico, where Maria made landfall as a Category 4 storm causing severe flooding, flattening homes and leaving the entire island without power.
Reuters spoke to residents like Ida Petri, who returned to her fifth story apartment in the capital San Juan once the storm was over, only to see this. Her entire apartment turned upside down by the hurricane. She held on to a box of her daughters ashes, thankful that the rains didn't sweep it away.
Reuters correspondent Dave Graham is in San Juan.>> There's been massive flooding across the country particularly in the areas of cheaper housing. It's actually quite hard to tell exactly the full extent of the damage because the roads in much of the country are still highly impassable. Most of the access roads to the airport as we understand it are still closed.
And there are a lot of people, especially from the US, who are trapped in the country right now and cannot get out.>> Among the most dramatically damaged areas in the capital was La Perla, a small barrio near the sea in San Juan. Many homes there were reduced to a roofless jumble with broken balconies and cars crushed under fallen trees.
In an interview with CNN the island's governor calling this, quote, nothing short of a major disaster. And it's not over, the entire island of 3.4 million people was under a flash flood warning. As the storm is forecast to dump 20 to 30 inches of rain on much of Puerto Rico through Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The island's recovery could be complicated by its financial woes. As it faces the largest municipal debt crisis in US history. Both its government and the public utility have filed for bankruptcy protection amid disputes with creditors.