God hates Puerto Rico? In the face of overwhelming destruction, Governor Ricardo Rossello declares “God is with us,” despite evidence to the contrary.
CNN reports that Hurricane Maria will leave Puerto Rico in the dark for months, noting that the power system is “basically… destroyed.”
Hurricane Maria has knocked out power across the island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.5m people, officials have said.
Flash flood warnings cover the entire island, which continues to be lashed by heavy rain in the storm’s wake.
The authorities have warned people to move to higher ground amid “catastrophic” flooding, and with up to 30 inches (76cm) more rain predicted by Saturday.
Images shared on social media show roofs being stripped away as winds as strong as 140 mph (225 km/h) whipped trees and power lines in Puerto Rico’s capital city, San Juan.
Maria dropped a record 35 inches of rain in some places. Rivers across the island are out of their banks. Authorities opened the floodgates on reservoirs making flooding worse in some downstream communities. In Levittown, west of San Juan, flooding forced residents to their rooftops where they awaited rescue.In the city of Las Piedras, officials say they recorded wind gusts over 200 miles per hour. Maria’s high winds took roofs, destroyed homes and snapped concrete power poles in two.
Yet despite the overwhelming devastation, an optimistic but deluded Governor Ricardo Rossello tweeted out:
God is with us…
Governor Rossello’s declaration is sad, and reminiscent of an abused spouse with broken bones, covered in bruises, pleading with police not to arrest their abuser because “he loves me, he really loves me.”
Bottom line: If there is a God, and there is not, He just watched a hurricane destroy Puerto Rico and did nothing. If anything, the evidence suggests God is not with Puerto Rico, but most definitely against Puerto Rico.