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September 21, 2017

Meet Puerto Rico Begins Assessing Hurricane Maria Damage

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Hurricane Maria's forecast track as of Thursday afternoon // Map by the National Hurricane Center

Meet Puerto Rico is beginning to assess the damage left by Hurricane Maria after the storm passed over the island Wednesday. 

“We at Meet Puerto Rico appreciate the outpouring of concern from our partners, clients and media colleagues,” said Milton Segarra, president and CEO of Meet Puerto Rico, in a written release. “Out team is safe and taking care of our families while our hotel partners are keeping our guests safe.”

Puerto Rico’s meeting industry hurricane plan is in effect, and damage assessments are underway, Segarra said. 

“We are currently working with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) and the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association (PRHTA) to assess damages and will provide an accurate update as soon as possible,” Segarra said. “We thank you again for your concern and will be in touch as soon as we have the official update.”

Early Thursday Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosello called Hurricane Maria the “most devastating storm to hit the island this century, if not in modern history,” according to our partner publication, Travel Agent. 100 percent of the island was without power after the storm’s passage, and officials estimate that power may not be restored for four to six months. 

“The system has been basically destroyed,” Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority CEO Ricardo Ramos said. 

The storm also destroyed 80 percent of the homes in the Juana Matos neighborhood, which is in the San Juan suburb of Catano. President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for the territory, allowing it to access federal funds. 

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