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Towns Evacuated as Dam Fails in Puerto Rico After Maria

Towns Evacuated as Dam Fails in Puerto Rico After Maria”

Speaking on CNN's "Out Front", Puerto Rican Secretary of State said the evacuations are hard because the island was heavily damaged by Hurricane Maria, which struck earlier this week.

Two northwestern municipalities in Puerto Rico, home to some 70,000 people, are being evacuated "as quickly as they can" because a crack has been found in the dam, the national weather service said. Buses were trying to evacuate people from the area "as quickly as they can", the service said.

The dam failure is causing flooding downstream on the Guajataca River. "Their lives are in DANGER!"

Puerto Rican public safety officials confirmed six deaths, while the governor separately put the figure at 13.

The Category 3 storm was about 185km east-north-east of the south-eastern Bahamas Friday evening, with winds of 205 kilometres per hour.

Operators of the Guajataca Dam said it failed at 2:10 p.m. ET, prompting the NWS to issue a flash flood emergency warning for Isabela and Quebradillas municipalities, the agency said in three tweets. The storm was expected to have brought up to 100 centimetres of rain to some areas of Puerto Rico, forecasters said.

Jennifer Lopez and her cousin Tiana are both waiting to hear from family members who live in Puerto Rico and were affected by Hurricane Maria.

The island is still reeling from a direct hit by Hurricane Maria, knocking out power and communications to most of the island.



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