>>>AND GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE. IT’S 6:31 ON THE EAST COAST. WE’RE COMING ON THE AIR RIGHT NOW BECAUSE HURRICANE MARIA HAS MADE LANDFALL ON PUERTO RICO.>>THIS IS THE SCENE IN PUERTO RICO RIGHT NOW. A POWERFUL CATEGORY 4 STORM. MARIA IS HITTING WITH 155 MILE-AN-HOUR WINDS, TORRENTIAL RAIN. THE STRONGEST STORM THIS ISLAND HAS FACED IN A CENTURY. GABE GUTIERREZ IS LIVE FOR US IN SAN JUAN RIGHT NOW. GABE, GOOD MORNING.>>Reporter: GOOD MORNING. THE SITUATION HERE IS DIRE. WE’VE BEEN POUNDED BY FEROCIOUS WINDS THE LAST SEVERAL HOURS AND IT IS ONLY GETTING WORSE. HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS NOW ARE SLAMMING INTO SAN JUAN. AUTHORITIES SAY THIS COULD BE A POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC SITUATION. WE HAVE SOUGHT SHELTER INSIDE A CONCRETE STRUCTURE. OTHERS ON THIS ISLAND WILL NOT BE SO FORTUNATE. AUTHORITIES FOR DAYS HAVE BEEN PRACTICALLY BEGGING PEOPLE IN WOODEN STRUCTURES AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS TO EVACUATE. THEY’VE OPENED 500 SHELTERS AND MORE THAN 10,000 PEOPLE THIS MORNING ARE IN SHELTERS. AS YOU CAN SEE BEHIND ME, IT IS BLINDING CONDITIONS HERE. WE’VE SEEN DEBRIS PEELED OFF BUILDINGS ALREADY. MOST ROADS ARE IMPASSABLE. IT IS SIMPLY — IT — IT IS DIFFICULT TO BE OUTSIDE AND WE ARE TAKING — BEING VERY CAREFUL AS TO HOW WE’RE BRINGING YOU THESE LIVE IMAGES. BUT SAVANNAH AND MATT, AUTHORITIES HERE FEAR THIS COULD BE POTENTIALLY DEVASTATING FOR THIS REGION. THE STRONGEST STORM TO HIT PUERTO RICO IN NEARLY A CENTURY. IRMA JUST GRAZED THIS ISLAND, BUT — IRMA JUST GRAZED THIS ISLAND, BUT MORE THAN 60,000 PEOPLE WERE LEFT WITHOUT POWER AND NOW WITH A WEAK POWER GRID THERE’S NO TELLING WHAT TYPE OF DEVASTATION MARIA COULD BRING. BACK TO YOU.>>ALL RIGHT, GABE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE SHOULD MENTION HE SAID ALL THOSE SHELTERS HAVE BEEN OPENED. CAN THOSE SHELTERS WITHSTAND WINDS OF 150, 160 MILES AN HOUR? TAMMY LEITNER ALSO IN SAN JUAN THIS MORNING. WHAT’S THE SCENE WHERE YOU ARE?>>Reporter: HEY MATT AND SAVANNAH. WHERE WE ARE ON THE ISLAND THE CONDITIONS HAVE DESTEERUATED VERY QUICKLY. WE’VE ACTUALLY HAD TO MOVE SEVERAL TIMES BECAUSE OF DEBRIS THAT’S FALLING DOWN. THERE ARE SEVERAL HUGE TREES THAT HAVE GONE DOWN JUST ABOUT 20 YARDS BEHIND ME. THERE ARE ABOUT 10,000 PEOPLE THAT HAVE TAKEN REFUGE IN SHELTERS, BUT I CAN TELL YOU WE’VE SPOKEN WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE ON THIS ISLAND IN THE LAST FEW DAYS THAT HAVE SAID THEY ARE GOING TO HUNKER DOWN AND WAIT THIS STORM OUT IN THEIR HOMES. WE’VE ALSO SPOKEN WITH TOURISTS WHO ARE TRAPPED HERE ON THE ISLAND. I CAN TELL YOU WHERE WE ARE FEMA HAS SET UP THEIR HEADQUARTERS AND THEY HAVE ABOUT 300 FIRST RESPONDERS THAT ARE READY TO HEAD OUT AS SOON AS THIS STORM PASSES BY AND MAKE RESCUES. BACK TO YOU GUYS.>>ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND LET’S TURN TO AL. I MEAN, THIS IS A VERY DIRE SITUATION.>>THIS IS WHAT WE FEARED. IT IS COMING TO FRUITION, UNFORTUNATELY. RIGHT NOW AS YOU HEARD 155 MILE-PER-HOUR WINDS. WE’VE HAD GUSTS UP TO 190 MILES PER HOUR. AND IT IS MOVING NORTHWEST AT 10 MILES PER HOUR. SO HERE’S WHAT WE LOOK FOR AS FAR AS THE IMPACTS. THE WINDS ARE GOING TO BE DEVASTATING. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT GUSTS UP TO 150 OR MORE. HURRICANE FORCE WINDS THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON. THE STORM SURGE WHERE WE GET MOST OF THE DEATHS AND DAMAGE, 6 TO 9 FEET FROM SAN JUAN ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE SOUTHERN TIP OF THE ISLAND. AND THE FLOODING. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT RIVER AND HIGHWAY FLOODING, MUDSLIDES. TOTALS OF 20 TO 25 INCHES BEFORE THIS IS ALL OVER. AND IT CONTINUES AFTER IT DEVASTATES PUERTO RICO, IT’S AT THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TOMORROW. 4 TO 8 INCHES OR MORE OF RAIN. THEN ON INTO THE TURKS AND CAICOS ON FRIDAY. WINDS 100 TO 125 MILES PER HOUR. A STORM SURGE UP TO 15 FEET. THAT COULD BE ULTIMATELY DEVASTATING FOR THESE ISLANDS. AND THEN CONTINUES OUT INTO THE ATLANTIC. GUYS, WE’LL LOOK AT THIS A LITTLE BIT LATER BECAUSE NOW WE STILL HAVE TO WATCH THIS TRACK AS FAR AS THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES IS CONCERNED.>>>BY THE WAY, THERE’S ANOTHER NATURAL DISASTER UNFOLDING RIGHT NOW. THE DEATH TOLL FROM THE POWERFUL EARTHQUAKE IN MEXICO SOARING TO OVER 200 PEOPLE OVERNIGHT. COUNTLESS OTHERS SAID TO BE TRAPPED IN THE RUBBLE. FRANTIC EFFORTS UNDER WAY TO FREE THEM. MIGUEL ALMAGUER IS IN MEXICO CITY. MIGUEL, GOOD MORNING TO YOU.>>Reporter: GOOD MORNING. A SCENE OF DEVASTATION ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. I WANT TO SHOW YOU WHAT’S UNFOLDING OVER MY SHOULDER HERE. THIS IS THE SCENE IN CITY ACROSS CITY HERE. RESCUE WORKERS HAVE COME TO WHERE DOZENS HAVE BEEN PULLED OUT OF THE RUBBLE. AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR APPROXIMATELY 30 TO 40 MORE PEOPLE THAT ARE STILL BURIED UNDERNEATH ALL OF THIS RUBBLE. IT’S AN ACTIVE SCENE HERE. OVER MY OTHER SHOULDER THERE IS FAMILY MEMBERS HERE WAITING FOR ANY NEWS OF ANYONE THAT MAY STILL BE INSIDE AND TRAPPED INSIDE. THE DEATH TOLL HERE RISING TO ABOUT 200. WE’RE TOLD THAT THE SITUATION HERE IS STILL VERY FLUID. NOT JUST ON THIS ONE CITY BLOCK. BUT ALL ACROSS MEXICO CITY.>>MIGUEL, THANKS. A LOT OF NEWS THIS MORNING. UNFORTUNATELY, NOT A LOT OF IT GOOD.>>WE’LL BE FOLLOWING WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MEXICO CITY IN TERMS OF THE RECOVERY EFFORTS AND WHAT’S HAPPENING AS WE SPEAK WITH HURRICANE MARIA HITTING PUERTO RICO. WE’LL SEE YOU IN A FEW MINUTES ON “TODAY.” I’M

14 thoughts on “NBC News Special Report: Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall | NBC News”

  1. The disasters are really hitting the planet very hard. I hope the survivors are able to get help to rebuild afterwards. Prayers for everyone in the path of these storms and earthquakes.

  2. Stop being fake news I know the hurricanes are real and happening right now but those news anchor are really not out there look at there clothes there not even getting hit with hard wind like the background looks I mean come on man those reporters have to stop being fake be real

  3. Puerto Rico is gone destroy shatter to piece total destruction. #Maria #Hurricane #PuertoRico #PR #Water #Rain #Storm #HurricaneMaria #Dead #US #DonaldTrump #HuracanMaria #Huracan

  4. Imagine if it had stayed a Category 5 with winds of 175 mph when it hit. There would have been unspeakable damage even more than what they had as if what they had wasn't unprecedented enough.

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