LULAC will help collect water, non-perishable foods and other items to send to the island.
Forecasters warned Maria could even intensify over the next 24 hours or longer, noting its eye had shrunk to a compact 10 miles across and warning: "Maria is developing the dreaded pinhole eye".
The storm has left a trail of destruction over the past few days, devastating Dominica and the Virgin Islands before slamming into Puerto Rico. About 3.4 million people live on Puerto Rico, with some 380,000 in San Juan, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The storm is a Category 4 system with sustained winds at 140 mph as of the 11:00am ET advisory.
Maria was expected to cause widespread power outages across Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Maria was hitting Puerto Rico on Wednesday, and forecasts showed that it will eventually turn north. Forecasters said it's too soon to predict how it will affect New England. He says rebuilding will create jobs on the island and a short-term economic boost. And it will. It will after this one, too. A police official on the island, Inspector Pellam Jno Baptiste, said late Monday night that there were no immediate reports of casualties but it was too dangerous for officers to check conditions. Governor Rosello joins us now by phone from Puerto Rico. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.
A hurricane warning is in effect for Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Puerto Plata, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern Bahamas. Let's see what it's like to be in the path of this storm. And I'm not totally sure of the status because we haven't been able to get out there. Residents of some islands barely had time to assess the wreckage of a Cat 5 hurricane before another bore down. Wind speeds are as high as 110 mph. Is Puerto Rico going to be going months without power? But according to Vox, the series of underlying issues with Puerto Rico's power grid means that federal relief funds, if approved by Congress, would only be of limited help in this regard. But after that, the situation could be catastrophic.
Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the US territory in nearly 90 years, ripping windows from their fixtures and sending debris hurtling through the streets as it approached the capital, San Juan. So I think people did took that advice. "It's way too early in the game to do that".
GREENE: Eight percent of the homes have been destroyed? When they lift the curfew and, you know, you need to go out and get things or get things done, everybody's doing that. Browne said he was communicating with the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, whose own house was shredded by the storm.
Some tourists found themselves stranded on the island as flights, already overbooked and increasingly expensive, became unavailable.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan once again defended the UK's response to the storms.
Turks and Caicos: Infrastructure was severely damaged on this British overseas territory, home to about 52,000 people, after Irma barreled through.
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