Dramatic Photos: Hurricane Maria Slams Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico early Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane, after hitting the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, just crippled by Irma, on Sept. 19, with devastating winds and rain. Martinique, a French island south of Dominica, suffered power outages but avoided major damage. See the photos.

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Puerto Rico Governor's Office
This aerial image shows significant damages on Sept. 23, 2017, after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico.
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This photo shows the damages to the Guajataca dam in Puerto Rico where over 70,000 people were forced to evacuate due to the failing dam.
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This photo shows the damages to the Guajataca dam in Puerto Rico where over 70,000 people were forced to evacuate due to the failing dam.
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Puerto Rico Governor's Office
This aerial image shows significant damage to the infrastructure in Puerto Rico on Sept. 23, 2017.
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A municipal government worker clears a road after the passing of Hurricane Maria, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Thursday evening, Maria was moving off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.
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A gift shop damaged in the crossing of Hurricane Maria is shown on Cofrecito Beach, Bavaro, Dominican Republic, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.
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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. The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis.
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David Cruz Marrero watches the waves at Punta Santiago pier hours before the imminent impact of Hurricane Maria Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
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Hurricane Maria passed through Puerto Rico leaving behind a path of destruction across the national territory on San Juan Sept. 20, 2017.
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A man ventures out in the Miramar neighborhood after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20, 2017, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Thousands of people have sought refuge in shelters, and electricity and phone lines have been severely effected.
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A fallen sign sits on a building in the Miramar neighborhood after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20, 2017, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Thousands of people have sought refuge in shelters, and electricity and phone lines have been severely effected.
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San Juan is seen during a total blackout after Hurricane Maria made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Sept. 20, 2017, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Thousands of people have sought refuge in shelters, and electricity and phone lines have been severely impacted. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello has announced a curfew, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., effective Wednesday through Saturday.
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Fallen trees surround a car in the Miramar neighborhood after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20, 2017, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Thousands of people have sought refuge in shelters, and electricity and phone lines have been severely effected.
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Buildings are completely dark during a total blackout after Hurricane Maria made landfall Sept. 20, 2017, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Thousands of people have sought refuge in shelters, and electricity and phone lines have been severely effected.
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A resident cleans brush from the street in the Miramar neighborhood after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20, 2017, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Thousands of people have sought refuge in shelters, and electricity and phone lines have been severely effected.
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People pray in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Maria made landfall on the U.S. territory as a Category 4 hurricane early Wednesday morning, on Sept. 20, 2017.
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Hurricane Maria hits Fajardo, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 20, 2017. Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico on Wednesday, pummeling the US territory after already killing at least two people on its passage through the Caribbean. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned of "large and destructive waves" as Maria came ashore near Yabucoa on the southeast coast.
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People take shelter at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 20, 2017, during the passage of Hurricane Maria.
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Trees are toppled in a parking lot at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 20, 2017, during the passage of Hurricane Maria. Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico early Wednesday morning, pummeling the US territory after already killing at least two people on its passage through the Caribbean.
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A road is covered in floodwater in Saint-Pierre, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, after it was hit by Hurricane Maria, on Sept. 19, 2017. Martinique suffered power outages but avoided major damage.
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Librada is seen at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum refuge in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 19, 2017, prior the arrival of Hurricane Maria after she voluntarily left her house for shelter. Maria headed towards the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico after battering the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, with the US National Hurricane Center warning of a "potentially catastrophic" impact.
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Rain brought by approaching Hurricane Maria falls in Saint Jean Bay, St. Barthelemy, part of the French Antilles, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Hurricane Maria is passing far south of St. Barthelemy on Tuesday and charging into the eastern Caribbean that threatens islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma.
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A woman seeking shelter prays her rosary at the Juan Ponce de Leon Elementary School before the arrival of Hurricane Maria, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Puerto Rico is likely to take a direct hit by the category 5 hurricane. Authorities warned people who live in wooden or flimsy homes should find safe shelter before the storm's expected arrival on Wednesday.
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A picture shows rocks swept by strong waves onto a road in Le Carbet, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, after it was hit by Hurricane Maria, on September 19, 2017.
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A motorist drives on the flooded waterfront in Fort-de-France, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, after it was hit by Hurricane Maria, on September 19, 2017.
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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.
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People board up windows of a business in preparation for the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 18, 2017. Hurricane Maria has grown into a maximum-strength Category Five storm, US forecasters said Monday, as it was bearing down on the Caribbean island of Dominica.
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