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(September 16, 2017 – Washington, DC) Puerto Rican authorities have begun preparations for the passage of Hurricane Maria, expected to make landfall in Puerto Rico as a category three hurricane Tuesday next week.

450 shelters have been set up across the territory, with capacity for 67,714 citizens, Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced today. The Governor also announced schools would close tomorrow, and government employees will work until 12:00 PM so that they have time to prepare themselves for the passage of the hurricane.

Maria would be the second hurricane to affect Puerto Rico in two weeks, putting pressure on the US territory’s infrastructure.

“The Government is in constant communication with the White House and federal agencies since before the passage of Hurricane Irma last week,” said Carlos Mercader, the Governor’s representative in Washington, DC, “We will continue to collaborate with our federal partners. We are preparing for a powerful hurricane that will put even more pressure on our infrastructure, already deeply affected by Hurricane Irma.”

Since Hurricane Irma devastated the Lesser Antilles last week, Puerto Rico serves as an emergency management hub for the Caribbean region.

“As we prepare for this atmospheric event, Puerto Rico will continue to offer shelter to our brothers and sisters from the United States Virgin Islands, and other island nations and territories affected by Hurricane Irma,” said Governor Ricardo Rosselló.