Publication Date September 20, 2017 | CNN

Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico with 155-mph winds

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Hurricane Maria made landfall Wednesday in southeast Puerto Rico, ripping trees out of the ground and entangling two-thirds of the island in hurricane-force winds.

Maria made landfall near the city of Yabucoa with winds of 155 mph -- just 2 mph short of Category 5 status, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm was so fierce, it broke two National Weather Service radars on the island Wednesday.


Maria became the first hurricane of Category 4 strength or higher in nearly 80 years to hit the US territory, home to 3.3 million people.