>> Emergency officials in Puerto Rico racing on Saturday to evacuate tens of thousands of people from a valley below a dam, which is on the verge of collapse in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico's governor saying the rains sparked by Maria cracked the dam and could cause fatal flooding very soon.
Some 70,000 people living in a cluster of communities downstream from the dam on the rain-swollen Guajataca River are now being ferried to higher ground in buses. This potential calamity comes as the entire island remains without power. Tensions are running high with people queuing up for hours to acquire fuel for generators.
>> Those of us that are here since 9 AM may be left without gasoline. It is a completely chaotic situation that I have never seen in Puerto Rico.>> Telephone service also remains unreliable with people swarming next to mobile phone towers to make calls. Others are just looking for the basics to get by, like clean drinking water.
With nearly 15,000 people in shelters, the storm is expected to cost tourism reliant Puerto Rico, $30 billion in damage and lost economic activity.