This is something of historic proportions.' At least 10 people have died as a result of the storm in the Caribbean after it blew ashore Wednesday morning in the southeast coastal town of Yabucoa as a Category 4 storm with winds of 155 mph.
As of 2am ET, the eye of the storm was about 55 miles north of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and moving at 9 mph with sustained winds of 110 mph.
On the right is the interior of a home damaged by Maria in San Juan Damage and flooded streets are seen after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico September 20, 201 In the capital of San Juan, towering eucalyptus trees fell nearly every other block over a main road dotted with popular bars, restaurants, and coffee shops, some of which were damaged.
The last Category 4 hurricane to blow ashore in Puerto Rico was in 1932, and the strongest ever to hit the island was San Felipe in 1928 with winds of 160 mph.
The storm knocked out communications for the entire island, leaving anyone outside Dominica struggling to determine the extent of damage, though it was clearly widespread.