Hurricane Maria lashed the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic on Thursday after leaving a path of destruction in Puerto Rico.
Maria left millions of people in Puerto Rico facing the dispiriting prospect of weeks and perhaps months without electricity.
The Category 3 storm was blamed for at least 19 deaths. Maria’s next potential target was the Turks and Caicos Islands, which are still recovering from Hurricane Irma.
On Wednesday, Maria barreled through Puerto Rico from end to end, knocking out all the power. It was the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. commonwealth in more than 80 years. Officials said recovery will take months.
CBS News’ David Begnaud reports that in the coastal city of Cantano, residents forged through flooded streets, heading to the only open grocery store. Only five were allowed in at a time to avoid chaos.
Begnaud said in the small town of Toa Baja, hundreds of residents were rescued by the National Guard, packed into trucks while scores of others waded through two feet of water, carrying what’s left of their possessions.
Follow along below for live updates on the storm. All times are Eastern unless otherwise noted.
10 p.m.: Trump speaks with Puerto Rico governor
The White House says President Trump spoke with the governors of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mr. Trump said earlier Thursday that Puerto Rico was “absolutely obliterated” and the Virgin Islands were “flattened” by recent hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The entire island of Puerto Rico was left without power after Maria knocked out its already weakened electrical grid.
Mr. Trump said FEMA and other emergency responders are helping both U.S. territories begin the recovery process.
He says he’ll visit Puerto Rico.
8:30 p.m.: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor eagerly awaits news of her family in Puerto Rico
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, whose family is from Puerto Rico, says she hasn’t yet heard from half her family after Hurricane Maria walloped the island.
Sotomayor, the high court’s first Hispanic justice, was speaking Thursday at an event at the Newseum in Washington. She said Puerto Rico “is suffering a great tragedy right now.”
Sotomayor says that she and her family in the United States are “exceedingly concerned.” She asked for the crowd’s prayers for Puerto…