Celebrities Respond To Hurricane Maria Devastation As 100 Percent Of Puerto Rico Left Without Power
Celebrities from Melania Trump to Cher are sharing their love and support to those affected by Hurricane Maria as the storm rips through the Carribean and has left the island of Puerto Rico without electricity. The world was left reeling after a devastating earthquake recently killed at least 200 in Mexico . Also, Hurricane Harvey and Irma resulted in extreme flooding and devastation prompting many celebrities to reach out and raise money through the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief Telethon .
Now attention is focusing on the highly destructive Hurricane Maria that not only ravaged Puerto Rico but continues to threaten those along its path.
Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and there are many celebrities who were either born in Puerto Rico or have ties to Puerto Rico. Some of these include Ricky Martin, Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Jenifer Lopez, Jimmy Smits, Michelle Rodriguez, Rosie Perez, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Esai Morales, Rachel Ticotin, Hector Elizondo, Eva LaRue, Frankie Muniz, Lana Parrilla, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Erik Estrada.
First Lady Melania Trump tweeted a message of support and strength to those in Puerto Rico.
Environmentalists are saying that Maria is the worst hurricane to hit the region since the 1930's. Ivanka Trump also tweeted a message to those impacted by Maria.
Cher also sent a message of love and support to those suffering from the earthquake in Mexico as well as Hurricane Maria.
Viola Davis shared her concern, support, and prayers with those in Puerto Rico.
As electricity has been knocked out of the island it has been difficult getting news, photos, and videos of the damage. You may see a video from CNN showing Maria's aftermath below.
New photos on Twitter show that Puerto Rico is also dealing with catastrophic flash floods. It's still too early to tell what the extent of Hurricane Maria's damage will be. Scientist say that more flash floods and mudslides are on the way.
The early videos that are coming in show that Hurricane Maria far surpasses Hurricane Irma in devastation and destruction to the region. Earlier on September 20, 2017, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulin Cruz stated they expect to be without power for three to four months.
Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rosello stated the island hasn't experienced the devastation of this magnitude in its history. With power out, there are fears of looting and chaos breaking out. Governor Rosello has implemented a 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. curfew to combat violence and crime.
As early reports indicate that Puerto Rico has been completely devastated by Hurricane Maria, celebrities and politicians continue to share their support.