Hurricane Irma Leaves 1 Million Puerto Ricans Without Power
IN THE DARK
More than 1 million Puerto Ricans were cut off from power and communications Thursday as the monster Hurricane Irma skirted the island and moved on toward the Dominican Republic. A large portion of the U.S. territory could be dark for as long as four to six months, said officials speaking for the commonwealth's electric utility. At least 60,000 people on the island were without safe drinking water, which is largely dependent on Puerto Rico’s electric supply. In total, the Category 5 storm has killed at least 10 people during its rampage through the Caribbean, though officials fear the toll will likely increase sharply as crews sort through the rubble.