“We still don’t have a lot of information,” Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rossellótold CNNWednesday night. “We’re virtually disconnected in terms of communications with the southeast part of the island.”
Here’s a breakdown of the impact (so far) by the numbers:
At least15 deathshave been reported so far as a result of Maria. That number is expected to grow as recovery efforts proceed.
It could takeup tosix monthsfor Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the island’s sole energy service provider,to restore power. (Complicating matters, the power authority is around $9 billion in debt.)
80 ― 90 Percent
Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico’s governor,told PBSthat in the hardest hit communities on the island, almost all of the houses have been destroyed. “80 or 90 percent of the homes are a complete disaster,” he said. “They are totally lost.”
Some12,500 people fled their homesto ride out the storm in one of Puerto Rico’s 500 shelters. Given the extent of the damage to homes,Mercader said he expects many people will be forced to live out of the shelters for weeks to come.
That was Maria’ssustained windspeed when it made landfallas a Category 4 storm Wednesday morning, just shy of being considered a Category 5 storm, the strongest on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.
Hurricane Maria was the first Category 4 storm to hit the island since 1932, and thestrongest since a Category 5 storm hit Puerto Rico in 1928.
Theamount of debtthe economically troubled U.S. territory had before the storm, not including an additional $50 billion in pension liabilities.
Theamount of damage already inflictedon Puerto Rico by Hurricane Irma, whichskirted the island just two weeks ago.
The woefully small size ofPuerto Rico’s emergency fund.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.