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Hurricane Irma passes Puerto Rico: Devastation affecting millions

Hurricane Irma passes Puerto Rico: Devastation affecting millions

Even if the eye of Hurricane Irma does not make a direct path over destinations, the winds and rains on the outskirts of this monster storm are so strong, they are creating havoc – crumbling buildings, causing flooding, and, sadly, taking lives.

Irma – a huge category 5 storm – passed north of Puerto Rico this morning, and in its wake, left nearly one million people without electricity. That is nearly one-third of the entire population. Close to half of the hospitals are using generators to keep functioning. According to Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, it cannot yet be determined how long the electricity will be out.

Three people have died as a result of the lashing taken by Puerto Rico. A man died while driving during the storm, and two women died – one as a result from falling and the other from being electrocuted.

This is not the first time that people have been electrocuted due to storm damage. When the power lines go down and flooding occurs, it is impossible to know what lurks beneath the storm water. Rescuers themselves were electrocuted when stepping into flood waters to save lives in Houston, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey.

Watch as downed power lines in Puerto Rico cause fire in the street, followed by an exploding electrical transformer.

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Irma continues on its dangerous path at full strength with winds up to 175 miles per hour, and is now heading for the Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, and Florida, and putting many more millions in jeopardy.