PHOTOS: Hurricane Maria pummels the Caribbean

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:19AM
People walk next to a gas station flooded and damaged by the impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Carlos Giusti/AP Photo)
People walk through a flooded area after the impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Carlos Giusti/AP Photo)
Residents move aluminum panels from an intersection after Hurricane Maria hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (Carlos Giusti/AP Photo)
Electricity poles and lines lay toppled on the road after Hurricane Maria hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (Carlos Giusti/AP Photo)
People walk next to a gas station flooded and damaged by the impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Carlos Giusti/AP Photo)
A family helps clean the road after Hurricane Maria hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, September 20, 2017. (Carlos Giusti/AP Photo)
Trees stand barren and debris lays on the roadside, caused by Hurricane Maria in Road Town, on the island of Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, early Wednesday, Sept. 20. (Freeman Rogers/AP Photo)
A woman covers herself with a plastic bag as she makes her way to work as Hurricane Maria approaches the coast of Bavaro, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (Tatiana Fernandez/AP Photo)
A man rescues a rooster from his flooded garage as Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico in Fajardo, on September 20, 2017. (RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)
David Cruz Marrero watches the waves at Punta Santiago pier hours before the imminent impact of Maria on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. (Carlos Giusti/AP Photo)
A woman and a child rest on cots while waiting at Humacao Arena refugee center for the imminent impact of Maria in in Humacao, Puerto Rico on Tuesday. (Carlos Giusti/AP Photo)
People on the island of Martinique survey the effects of Hurricane Maria on Tuesday. (tomto972/Instagram)
The island of Guadeloupe suffers flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Tuesday.
A picture shows an uprooted tree on the beach in Saint-Pierre, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, after it was hit by Hurricane Maria, on September 19, 2017. (LIONEL CHAMOISEAU/AFP/Getty )
A picture shows damages at a restaurant in Le Carbet, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, after it was hit by Hurricane Maria, on September 19, 2017. (LIONEL CHAMOISEAU/AFP/Getty)
People stand next to debris at a restaurant in Le Carbet, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, after it was hit by Hurricane Maria, on September 19, 2017. (LIONEL CHAMOISEAU/AFP/Getty)
People clear debris in Saint-Pierre, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, after it was hit by Hurricane Maria, on September 19, 2017. (LIONEL CHAMOISEAU/AFP/Getty)
A picture taken on September 19, 2017 shows the powerful winds and rains of hurricane Maria battering the city of Petit-Bourg on the French overseas Caribbean island of Guadeloupe (CEDRIK-ISHAM CALVADOS/AFP/Getty)
A photo shows debris in a street in Marigot, on the French Caribbean island of Saint Martin, as preparations are made for the arrival of Hurricane Maria on September 19, 2017. (HELENE VALENZUELA/AFP/Getty )
Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico as a "potentially catastrophic" Category 4 storm that was set to become the most powerful to strike the US territory in almost 90 years.

On Monday, the storm ploughed into Dominica, St. Croix and the eastern Caribbean causing what Dominica's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit called "mind-boggling" destruction.

See photos of the devastation above.
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