In the early hours of this morning, Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The storm was a Category 5, with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph and sustained maximum sea-level rise of 10 feet.
The hurricane caused widespread destruction, with more than 60 percent of the island’s population forced to flee their homes.
The island has also been hit by record-breaking rainfall, with an unprecedented amount of rain hitting the island in just a few hours.
On top of all of this, the storm is still threatening the U of A. The University of Toronto’s Department of Environmental and Sustainability (EDSS) has been monitoring Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and has released a number of maps showing the potential damage to the island.
One of the maps showed the area that was damaged by the storm as a black dot.
According to the EDSS, the damage could be “potentially catastrophic” and could result in more than 100,000 people living on the island and the loss of their homes and businesses.
In an email to CBC News, EDSS president Mark Pomeranz said the hurricane has been damaging the island for the past 24 hours.
“We know the damage that we are dealing with, as well as the impacts on infrastructure, we need to be ready to handle it,” he said.
It has also come as a surprise to many that the damage to Puerto Rico has not been worse than other hurricanes in recent years, according to the University of Puerto Rico’s Robert DeNiro.
Pomeranz told CBC News that the hurricane “has been worse” than previous hurricanes on the same date, in March 2018, and that he expected the damage in the next 24 hours to be similar.
DeNiro said the island is currently at a critical juncture in terms of how the island can be managed, because “the damage from this storm has been greater than any other hurricane in the past five years.”
“What we need is to be able to rebuild, because Puerto Rico is a very fragile, fragile island,” DeNirels said.
Pomerantz said there are “significant gaps” in Puerto Rican government efforts to rebuild after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
He also noted that Puerto Rico needs to be prepared for a hurricane, which is why it is taking a “long-term approach” in terms to how to manage and manage the island if one strikes.
Hurricane Maria is now a Category 4 storm and is moving toward the Gulf of Mexico.
The National Hurricane Center says it could bring “moderate to severe” hurricane force winds of up to 150 mph to the Caribbean and the Caribbean Coast.
If Maria makes landfall on the U