Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning.
Having hit near the city of Yabucoa, the island - which has a population of nearly 3.3 million - is weathering winds of 155 miles per hour.
Having been urged by the local government, locals have residence in shelters across the country.
The storm is a category four hurricane, the winds only two miles per hour short of category five status.
Residents in low-lying areas have been evacuated and there have been calls for rescue across the island.
Hurricane Maria is the first hurricane of Category 4 strength to hit the island in nearly eight decades.