SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Wednesday will prove to be a day of destruction in Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria pummels the island throughout the day, with winds and rain lasting some 24 hours in all.
Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has described Maria as the "worst hurricane in modern history in Puerto Rico," and noted its damage could prove to be "catastrophic."
Below is a timeline of Maria as it moves over Puerto Rico, followed by a breakdown of its impact on the U.S. territory and predictions for where the storm may be headed next.
TRACK THE STORM
Timeline of the storm
What's happening on the ground: