The Guajataca Dam in Puerto Rico burst at 2:10 p.m. local time Friday, according to news reports from the National Weather Service in San Juan.
Although Hurricane Maria is well past Puerto Rico now, this hurricane caused profound damage and disruptions throughout the island.
For Miami-Dade, Hurricane Irma may have been but a dry run for the real thing -- a major hurricane that rakes across the length of the county with the full destructive force of the terrifying Category 5 monster that Irma and its sequel, Hurricane Maria, delivered at their peak.
After two days, a survivor is pulled from earthquake rubble in Mexico City, a Florida nursing home license is revoked following the deaths of ten patients, weak infrastructure leaves Puerto Rico in the dark following Hurricane Maria, two more sinkholes have opened up in Central Florida, British Columbia is finally seeing relief from its devastating wildfire season, SEC computers may still contain major vulnerabilities, Colorado gains control of a fire sparked by an electrical power cap insulator, and CVS announces new prescription measures to help fight the exploding opioid crisis.
In the coming days, Puerto Rico is set to ask for several billions of dollars in federal relief from two major hurricanes as officials acknowledge that the months-long recovery may compel more residents to abandon an already distressed economic island.
In a collaborative effort, emergency managers throughout the United States worked to educate the public on minimizing donations to disaster scenes to help manage burdensome resources.
Emergency and disaster management briefing for September 20,2017: Mexico was struck by a powerful 7.1 earthquake leaving hundreds dead, Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico - other news.
Hurricane Maria struck Dominica as a Category 4 hurricane early Tuesday. Puerto Rico is in the projected path of the monster storm.