Dramatic "Before And After" Photos Show Puerto Rico's Plunge Into Darkness

Tyler Durden's picture

It’s been a week since Hurricane Maria made landfall in eastern Puerto Rico, and hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans living in remote villages remain cut off from the world, after the storm trashed power grids, tore up roads, downed cell towers and caused a dam in the northwestern part of the island to fail, endangering tens of thousands of people living in a valley below.

Hospitals, especially in rural areas, have been hopelessly crippled by the storm, which has left them dependent on backup generators for power, threatening the lives of thousands of vulnerable patients. Shipments of diesel fuel to the hospitals are delivered by armed guards to protect against looters – which sounds like something from the plot of one of the “Mad Max” movies.

CNN sent low-flying planes over the island to survey the landscape, and they’ve brought back some stunning footage of the damage. News anchor Jake Tapper tweeted this before-and-after photo, which shows how more than 90% remains mired in blackouts more than a week after the storm made landfall.

Puerto Rico before the hurricane:

And after:

Some meteorologists said Maria hit Puerto Rico with the flooding of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, and the windspeeds of Hurricane Irma in Florida.  

"It is as if Puerto Rico got hit with the strength of Irma's winds, leaving a trail of devastation worse than much of the destruction Irma left in Florida," said CNN meteorologist Judson Jones. "The rainfall in some areas of Puerto Rico rival the amounts of rain left by Harvey in Houston. And now they are contending with a dam disaster that is reminiscent of California's Oroville Dam crisis earlier this year."

After flying over Puerto Rico on Sunday, CNN's Leyla Santiago said residents could be seen along the highways searching for a cellphone signal. With the island’s emergency responders still struggling to evacuate and rescue villagers, the Trump administration has been criticized for not doing enough.

In a tweet Sunday, Clinton said, "President Trump, Sec. Mattis, and DOD should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens."

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló appeared on Morning Joe Tuesday morning to plead for more assistance for the island.

“This has been an unprecedented disaster, not only for Puerto Rico, but for all of the region...we need more help. We need more help with resources. We need more help with people being deployed so that we can get logistical support elsewhere."

However, the White House has countered that airplanes and ships loaded with meals, water and generators have been arriving or are headed to Puerto Rico and other affected Caribbean islands. FEMA tweeted that more than 10,000 federal employees are in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin islands helping with search and rescue efforts and moving goods.


CNN reported that Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert and FEMA administrator Brock Long were traveling to Puerto Rico.

"The federal response has been anything but slow," Sanders said. "There's been an unprecedented push through of billions of dollars in federal assistance."

As Bloomberg points out, Puerto Rico’s recovery will depend heavily on federal aid because the island simply has no money to cope with a catastrophe like the storm that passed through last week.

The island has effectively filed for bankruptcy to try and escape $70 billion of debt. The fiscal collapse has effectively shut down Puerto Rico’s access to the US bond market, promising to make it more difficult for the island’s government to borrow money for the rebuilding effort.

As President Trump pointed out in a series of late-night tweets, the island is in “deep trouble,” noting that the country’s “old” electrical grid was devastated.



Congress last year enacted emergency rescue legislation that extended Puerto Rico’s authority to seek court protection from creditors, which it previously lacked. But the federal government has provided little financial assistance beyond that.

Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, Jennifer Gonzalez Colon, said she has talked with House Speaker Paul Ryan about securing more aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

When all is said and done, the disaster could cost as much as $30 billion and some residents could be without power for months. As we reported yesterday, in many areas, residents have been forced to transact only in cash, which is quickly becoming a problem for those who didn’t stockpile enough money ahead of the storm.

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Ban KKiller's picture

Large systems fail in a a large way....obviously. So independance? 

realmoney2015's picture

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Earl of Chiswick's picture

they got lights

didn't they report that it could be months before electiricty is restored? 


This is a scam trying to turn PR into Katrina for Trump. And yes things are like horrible there, but they clearly have electricity.

Now there wouldn't be any photo-shop going on in those pics would there?


The date stamp on the photos is 2am Atlatnic Standard Time- That's alot of lights on at 2am in the before picture (or maybe they had the exposure turrned so high that it was picking up fireflys.  Case in point look at the tiny island to the left - that's Viques - it's glowing like a friggin supernova at 2am - it only has 6000 inhabitants and this is the off season.  NASA's fucking with this photos.

zoo's picture

Thank God for organizations like the Clinton foundation. They're first on the scene always! I'm sure they're looking for some nice real estate for their next 5 star hotel and tourist destination.

Earl of Chiswick's picture

here's Viques on Google maps



Half of the island is a fucking wildlife sanctuary yet glowing like Manhattan in the before pic,

hedgeless_horseman's picture


This is what Puerto Rico looked like in the daylight before the hurricane...


If you read some of the recent literature, you’ll realize there really is no such thing as blackness, but we kind of made that up. That’s not my original thought, but it’s true.

Because you were born black, you have disadvantages that are systemically, culturally, psychologically there. And they have been built up and cemented for hundreds of years. But many people can’t look at it. It’s too difficult.

Earl of Chiswick's picture

correction island on the right - fckuing dyslexia

Slack Jack's picture

When the temperatures are higher, hurricanes are (potentially) more powerful. Since hurricanes are formed by the evaporation of sea-water. The warmer the water, the more evaporation and the stronger the hurricane. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that global warming will add to the average strength of hurricanes. The occurrence of hurricanes depends on many factors, in particular the wind shear. So it is not clear that global warming will necessarily increase the number of Hurricanes, although it might.

Record-Setting Hurricanes; Record temperatures; Record-Setting Wildfires; ya think it might be global warming?


So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs2-00/

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of about 80 meters (263 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

The ice sheets have been continuously melting for thousands of years. What is left of them today, is still melting, and will continue to melt. Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:


Global temperatures are increasing. And by quite a lot each year.

2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.

This is 0.0380 degrees centigrade hotter than the previous record year which was 2015.

0.0380 is a large increase in just one year.

2015 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.1601 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2014.

0.1601 is an absolutely huge increase in just one year (at this rate temperatures would increase by 16 degrees in a century).

2014 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.0402 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2010.


The conspiracy to hide global warming data.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is given tax money to make global temperature records available to the public. However, certain people at NOAA continually sabotage this aspect of NOAA's mandate. For example, these people have (deliberately) sabotaged the web-page that delivers the temperature records.

Look for yourself:

Go to the page: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/monitoring-references/faq/anomalies.php scroll down to the The Global Anomalies and Index Data section and click the download button and see what happens. Well, you get the message:

"Not Found. The requested URL /monitoring-references/faq/anomalies-download was not found on this server."

I guess that the 2017 data must be truly horrible if they have to hide it away.

It turns out that this seems to be the case; NASA reports that:

July 2017 had the hottest average land temperatures on record.

The new July 2017 record was +1.20 degrees centigrade above the 20th century average (of the July data). The previous record average land temperature for July was just last year. It was +1.10 degrees above the 20th century average.

Did the media bother to tell you about this? No!

The average land temperatures for August 2017 are second only to those of last year, August 2016.


rusty_nail's picture

Jack, Chillax. 

FL hasn't been hit by a hurricane for like 10-12 YEARS before this year. You need to look into the Butterfly Effect. Also check out how the Earth's orbital plane changes just enough to cause growth in glaciers. Why do they put a cone on the map around a hurricane? Because they don't know. What's the cone of uncertainty around the climate and its future?

Go out back and chop some wood; Winter is coming.

lasvegaspersona's picture

Soldier...your orders were to fuck off and die....why are you still here peddling your eco-porn?

lasvegaspersona's picture


that was for Jack not rusty_nail...

Bwana's picture

Please put a cork in it. It does no good to keep bantering false data. What you quote is BS.

Antifaschistische's picture

Yes, Puerto Rico has a huge advantage over Houston.   here, we will spend tens of millions of dollars in trash and limb cleanup.  It will take two months.  PR will take one day and spend ZERO tax dollars by a) 1000 bonfires and b) dumping the trash in the ocean.   problemo solved.    move on to reinforcing those roofs.

Rubbish's picture

Pig people. oink  Fuckers live in trash.


God helps those who help themselves.


Gold Bitchez.....I pick up pennies

Escrava Isaura's picture

hedgeless_horseman: This is what Puerto Rico looked like in the daylight before the hurricane...

But those people are hurricane proof darling.

The people that are calling Trump are the people on the two car garage and on the high-rises.


HRClinton's picture

Prayer will not solve their problems. 

Especially to the same deity who CAUSED the forking problem. How dumb and pathetic is that?

Sheep hope, Sheeple pray. Hunters and wolves plan & prey.

Which are you, MFer?

p.s. That's right, Sheeple, keep junking and showing your wooly colors. I'm entertained. 

Escrava Isaura's picture

How is this for entertainment:

Puerto Rico is another place that made a leap into the future without needing the collapse of the industrial age.


Countrybunkererd's picture

We have had our differences E.I. but I must say:

That brought a smile to my face.  Thank you, it was needed.  I have been waiting to hear from family on the far side of the island.  We finally had contact today, they are in San Juan now with other family who are well prepared for island living at it's worst.  A close friend has a mom (widowed) living in the mountains and will not leave so she can help others since she has the ability (food, generator, etc).  It will be interesting to see how the "mainland" reacts when this is mainstream USA.  Oh, and I am not from P.R.  It seems odd how Florida was crying about no power and a place that has no power, water, cell or other phones, destroyed roads and bridges is suddenly crying too much because they struggle to have water and food? Even living in America i feel that some other country needs to put us down permanently.  Words can't even express the level of shock to the heartlessness (is that even a word?) here.  I see no difference in Baltimore or other cities regarding poverty but for some reason...OOOHHH the "stupid", it BURNS!

Ahhhh Forget it.  Anything beyond the above is a waste of time.

Tiwin's picture

You Fuck. I hope you can send a dollar iut of your 18 dollar profit, but why do I doubt youll do even that?.What a scam.

DavidFL's picture

Shame on you - creating a scam over people in need!


Sanity Bear's picture

These people voted in time after time corrupt governments that failed to maintain infrastructure for known eventualities. PR had power problems and other infrastructure problems before the hurricane.

Handful of Dust's picture

Pre-hurricane the drug crime there already forced tourism to the lowest level in decades. The storm did  not help nor does the corrupt PR gubmint.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The US mainland is only 15-20 years behind PR in its spiral downward into the abyss.

Only in the mainland's case, the 'natural disaster' will be it's never ending exponential increase of crony corruption.

vega74's picture

15 to 20 years for the U.S. mainland to reach parity with PR's downward spiral into the abyss.

Sir, I admire your optimism regarding such a long timeline.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Some would say Detroit, Chicago, and other black holes are already there

Nostradumbass's picture
Hillary Clinton ?@HillaryClinton

President Trump, Sec. Mattis, and DOD should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens.



For a plan of action shall we use the example of how your foundation "helped" Haiti?

Handful of Dust's picture

Our fearless leader is heading there right now to lend them Billions to rebuild. Hopefully, these PR's remember who is helping them...and it's NOT the DNC, BLM, NFL or Soweeto bin Bama or the Clinton Foundation.

shimmy's picture

"Our fearless leader"

You sound like you came from 1930s Germany. Grow the fuck up and quit worshiping a politician. 

Trumptards are such morons. Way worse than obozo hope and changers. 

RagaMuffin's picture

How about we offer to take Catalonia if Spain takes back PR?

aloha_snakbar's picture

On the bright side.. think of all the money they will save on electric bills...

RagaMuffin's picture

LoL until the repair surcharges hit......

Nostradumbass's picture

When it’s all said and done, the disaster could cost as much as $30 billion...

Gee, what if the US didn't send our friend and greatest ally Israel their extortion payment this year and used it to help Puerto Rico instead?

Garciathinksso's picture

Thank goodness they saved for the rainy day fund.

1stepcloser's picture

This is a third world problem.  NFL kneeling is a first world problem. 

bkboy's picture

"...Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with"

WTF?  Let PR use the bankruptcy authority we granted them and discharge all the Wall Street and bank debt.   In the meantime, use the military we just spent tens of billions of taxpayer money on to provide relief directly to PR/American citizens, cutting out the middleman banksters. 

Edward Morbius's picture

Donald made billions in the corrupt current system, don't expect him to dismantle it, or even try to understand it's perniciousness.

lasvegaspersona's picture

Politicians always repay loans...otherwise they can't borrow more...so they can get 'theirs'.

shimmy's picture

“This has been an unprecedented disaster"


No it hasn't.

Why do people alive now think history only exists during their life? I know it is hard for so many humans today to grasp but the world has existed long before them and people have experienced the same type of shit they may experiencing now.

SmittyinLA's picture

This should be a huge employment boom for PR men, especially linemen, carpenters and demolition.

Pollygotacracker's picture

Please, dear God, don't let them move to the mainland.

amenlight's picture

Puerto Rico need is Urgent. People should have more compassion for others in their time of need. Be ready for massive exodus from 3.5 millions of US citizens from PR to US, if help is not provided soon! We should be all asking the Federal government to Help them! In the Mainland they will be able to vote in presidential and congressional elections. I am sure they will remember who was their friend in their time of need! Also in the mainland as US Citizens they will qualify for all federal aids and entitlements available without having to pay taxes. So there are two options: Help them there in the island or help them here in Mainland USA!

Puerto Banus NA's picture

No need to tell these nuevayorkers about pr compassion.

They receive all federal aid, and entitlements while on the island...how do you think the US fed gov dropped half a trillion (in today's dollars) on them during the 90s while I was living there...source, san juan star....US gov aid to island tops 22 billion/annually.

They always threatened to go stateside, we gave bigly, and still have to deal with 5M of them....why do you think they came to nueva york...so distant, and cold....maybe nueva york was a welfare pioneer??   how'd that work out for em?