"More than 3.4 million people live on the island, including almost 700,000 children".
In the midst of the opening of the season and whether he'll remain in New York or not, Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has his mind on something other than basketball. At least 11 people have died in Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico with force and left behind a wake of destruction that will take years for the island to recover from.
Wading through highways swamped by turbid waters that sloshed over scattered, sunken belongings, residents of this Puerto Rican barrio flooded by Hurricane Maria have begun emerging from their shattered homes, Reuters reported.
Analysts at Leerink Partners and J.P. Morgan Securities are taking into account the hurricane and possible related damage, but said it is too soon to assess the impact.
In Puerto Rico, officials are rushing to evacuate tens of thousands of people living downstream from a failing dam. Houses were blown away like matchsticks in the storm's 155 mph (260 kph) winds. We need to help these children.
The Caribbean is hurting today.
Authorities also evacuated about 70,000 people who were near a dam in danger of failing in the northwestern part of the island.
Puerto Rico was expected to receive 20 to 30 inches (51 to 76 centimeters) of rain through Saturday, with some isolated areas receiving 35 inches, the National Hurricane Center said.
"At this point all family members that lived out of Puerto Rico are all stressing", Lebron wrote.
Officials say the humanitarian crisis is growing as towns are left without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service.
Maria is a Category 3 storm and is expected to stay well off the East Coast, but the system is generating swells along the southeastern coast.
He said the electrical grid suffered "severe damage", with collapsed transmission structures.
Three elderly sisters were killed by a mudslide in the mountainous central municipality of Utuado, the newspaper El Nuevo Día reported, citing relatives and the mayor of Utuado. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. "It's been such severe flooding, there's no path to the street".
Celebrities who have ties to Puerto Rico in the U.S. are also voicing their concern over the situation in Puerto Rico.
"It was horrible. We had a lot of flooding going on; we lost a lot of lives at that time", Molina said. "The information we have received is not encouraging".
The neighborhood, once plagued with drug trafficking and crime, became a tourist attraction after Fonsi and Yankee released their video clip in January.
MERCADER:.Out of the hurricane.
EDWIN MELENDEZ: We the upcoming winter, we need to see what damage was caused to the infrastructure, how bad the hotels were hit and what kind of an occupancy they're going to experience - and then what kind of damage is being done to the crops.
The Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez set up a YouCaring page to help "those directly affected by Hurricane Maria".