Metal roofs were flying off buildings and windows were breaking in San Juan, Puerto Rico even before Hurricane Maria made landfall as a Category 4 storm on the island’s southeastern coast early Wednesday morning. According to the Associated Press, nearly 900,000 people were already without power as the storm approached. Those who sought shelter at a coliseum in San Juan were moved to the building’s second and third floors.

Puerto Rico’s weather radar stopped operating as the storm came ashore, transmitting its last image around 5:50 a.m, the Washington Post reports. There are reports of widesrpead damage on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands as a result of Hurricane Maria, the VI Consotrium reports, and many are pleading for help in compromised buildings. READ MORE