The number to call to check on someone in Puerto Rico

Posted at 4:52 PM, Sep 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-20 17:09:20-04

Millions of people in Puerto Rico are feeling the full brunt of a powerful Hurricane Maria, which has been called the “worst hurricane in modern history” to hit the island.

To check on someone in Puerto Rico, call 202-778-0710.

The line may be busy due to the volume of calls coming in, but officials urge callers to keep trying.

Puerto Rico Tourism Company has set up a hurricane hotline for “hotels, guests and industry partners.” That number is 877-976-2400.

As of Wednesday afternoon, all of Puerto Rico was without electricity as the now-Category 3 storm continued to pummel the U.S. territory.

At its peak, Maria had sustained winds of at least 175 mph.