Governor Ricardo Rossello declared an emergency on Friday in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria, calling it a major disaster that is “imminent.”
The governor said that the U.S. territory is now in a state of emergency.
The declaration came in response to the storm, which has killed at least 6,100 people and caused billions of dollars in damage to the island.
Rossellos office said in a statement that the governor is making it clear that the state of Puerto Rico is in the same situation as Florida, New York and New Jersey.
In Florida, Gov.
Rick Scott declared a state-wide emergency on Monday, and the state has declared a federal disaster area.
Puerto Rico, a U.N. territory, is the smallest U.G.I. island and the largest U.H.
I territory, which is home to 2.5 million people.
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