rricane Maria slamming Puerto Rico Wednesday, making landfall as a ferocious category four storm, bringing torrential rains and powerful winds of nearly 155 miles per hour. Reuters correspondent Robin Respaut is in the capital, San Juan.>> Power went out late Tuesday night, and it's now howling outside.
The storm is full on. Cell service is down and there's a lot of banging and crashing outside. It's very windy and rainy, and we expect the storm to continue through much of Wednesday before it's safe to go outside again.>> Many residents hunkering down in over 500 shelters across the country.
Others boarding up their homes and stocking up to ride out the powerful storm, the second one to hit the Caribbean this month. There are also concerns that a predicted storm surge of up to nine feet could flood low-lying areas in Puerto Rico. And heavy rains may cause landslides in some places.
Hurricane Maria has already killed at least one person in Guadalupe, and bore down on the Virgin Islands Tuesday, battering St. Croix. The violent winds from the hurricane also causing heavy damage on the French Island of Martinique, seen here. Maria also devastating the tiny island nation of Dominica, Monday, flattening buildings and leaving many residents without power.