Hurricane Maria unleashed widespread devastation and power outages after making landfall Wednesday as the strongest hurricane to strike Puerto Rico in more than 80 years.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on September 21, 2017, at 2:15 p.m. ET
Plaza Colón in Old San Juan is covered in fallen trees after Hurricane Maria made landfall.
Residents of San Juan deal with damages to their homes after Hurricane Maria battered the island.
A man wades through a flooded road in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
Roads in Fajardo are left flooded with muddy water following Hurricane Maria's landfall.
A banana plantation in Guayama is left flattened after the passing storm.
A search and rescue crew member looks over a flooded area from a truck in Fajardo.
A man rescues a rooster from his flooded garage in Fajardo.
People walk next to a gas station flooded and damaged by Hurricane Maria in Humacao.
A woman is transported to a shelter after being rescued from her flooded home in Fajardo.
People walk by a damaged sail boat that had washed ashore in Fajardo.
Residents of San Juan deal with damage to their homes after Hurricane Maria battered the island.
A woman cries while looking over the damage to her mother's house in Guayama.
A supermarket is left damaged and wide open in Guayama.
A sail boat lies over a pier in Fajardo.
Fishing boats are left crushed with severe damage at Club Nautico in the San Juan Bay.
A woman pulls a trash can past a destroyed home as Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico in Fajardo.
A woman looks on at floodwaters in Loiza.
A home in Toa Baja, surrounded by ruined furniture.
A man in Loiza moved through floodwater.
People watch overflow from the Guajataka River Dam in San Sebastian.
The Guajataka River Dam's overflow in San Sebastian.
People in Dorado look for cell service.
A man seeks relief from the heat, amid the impaired electrical grid.
A woman removes mud from her home in Toa Baja.
A woman on a highway near Dorado tries to make a call.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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