Photos: Puerto Rico still facing effects of Maria as dam failure forces thousands to evacuate

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, AccuWeather staff writer
September 23, 2017, 2:11:14 PM EDT


Hurricane Maria has come and gone, however the effects of the devastating blow are still hitting Puerto Rico. Emergency officials in Puerto Rico had to evacuate tens of thousands of people due to an imminent dam failure in the nearby areas of Isabela and Quebradillas.

The dam is on the verge of collapse under the weight of flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Maria unleashed more than 2 feet (600 mm) of rain on parts of the island, leading to record flooding, and wind gusts in excess of 110 mph (177 km/h).

The entire island lost power, and it could take months before the power is fully restored.

Maria made landfall on Dominica around on Monday, Sept. 18 with estimated maximum-sustained winds of 160 mph before striking southeastern Puerto Rico, near Yabucoa, on Sept. 20. Puerto Rico's governor has called Maria the worst hurricane in a century.

Maria was the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico in 85 years.

The last major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) to make landfall in Puerto Rico was Georges in 1998. The only Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico was the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane.

Maria is the second Category 5 hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic Season, which makes this is the first season with two or more Category 5 hurricanes since 2007.

Click here to for information on how to help the victims of the 2017 hurricane season.

A completely ruined house is seen in El Negro community a day after the impact of Hurricane Maria, in Puerto Rico, Thursday, September 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

People walk next to a gas station flooded and damaged by the impact of Hurricane Maria, which hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

A resident wades through a flooded road in the Toa Ville community two days after the impact of Hurricane Maria in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Residents evacuate after the passing of Hurricane Maria, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

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— COMMON (@common)

Aviones del Base de Miami estan siendo cargados de ayuda y equipos para Puerto Rico. Estamos en contacto con Sector San Juan y Miami pic.twitter.com/Nln2s1dSEr

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