Travel All of Puerto Rico's International Airports Are Closed Due to Hurricane Maria Devastation

21:33  21 september  2017
21:33  21 september  2017 Source:   Fortune

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Puerto Rico has closed all three of its international airports in the wake of Hurricane Maria , which slammed into the island Wednesday. All of Puerto Rico ’ s International Airports Are Closed Due to Hurricane Maria Devastation .

Breaking. Puerto Rico faces devastation from powerful Hurricane Maria . Puerto Rico said its biggest airport , the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport near San Juan, will close at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Rain and wind hit a parking lot at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017, during the passage of the Hurricane Maria. © HECTOR RETAMAL AFP/Getty Images Rain and wind hit a parking lot at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017, during the passage of the Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico has closed all three of its international airports in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which slammed into the island Wednesday and knocked out its entire electrical grid — possibly for months. A number of airlines are offering travel waivers to customers who purchased flights within the affected regions.

San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, Aguadilla’s Rafael Hernández International Airport, and Ponce’s Mercedita International Airport — Puerto Rico’s most-used commercial airports — have been ordered closed at least until Friday due to flooding and debris, authorities said, according to NBC News.

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The storm also caused "widespread devastation " in Dominica, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said Tuesday. The hurricane shredded the prime minister' s house overnight Puerto Rico said its biggest airport , the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport near San Juan, will close at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Source: NOAA/ National Hurricane Center. "This is total devastation ," said Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico ' s governor. Maria Ravages Other Islands. Due to downed communication, few images are surfacing of Dominica's current state.

As of Thursday, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and United will allow passengers to reschedule their flights with little or no charge if their tickets fall within the carrier’s specified dates.

Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane and pummeled the U.S. territory with winds up to 155 miles per hour, leaving behind a trail of destroyed homes and widespread flooding. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, speaking to CNN, had called the storm the “worst hurricane in modern history.”

San Juan, the commonwealth’s capital and largest city, is in particularly bad shape.

“The San Juan that we knew yesterday is no longer there,” Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz told MSNBC Thursday. “We’re looking at four to six months without electricity” in Puerto Rico, she added.

After battering Puerto Rico, Maria weakened to a Category 3 storm — still considered a “major” hurricane with winds around 115 miles per hour — and dumped heavy rain on parts of the Dominican Republic. Hurricane Maria’s path is now projected to reach the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas, the U.S National Hurricane Canter said early Thursday morning, with the potential to strengthen in warmer waters.

At least 10 people have been killed by Hurricane Maria as of Thursday morning. With Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million inhabitants still without power, the number could rise as communication around the island is gradually restored.

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Puerto Rico said its biggest airport , the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport near San Juan, will close at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday. 3 hurricanes in Atlantic: Irma lashes at Puerto Rico , leaves tiny Barbuda devastated . News.

The storm also caused "widespread devastation " in Dominica, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said Tuesday. The hurricane shredded the prime minister' s house overnight Puerto Rico said its biggest airport , the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport near San Juan, will close at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday.

This article was originally published on FORTUNE.com

WATCH: Catastrophic damage in Puerto Rico (provided by Associated Press)

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