July 17th, 2010
02:57 PM ET

3 injured as tornado hits Puerto Rico

Mayaguez damage

A tornado touched down in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico on Saturday afternoon,  injuring three people and leaving the area without electricity, emergency department spokesman Luis Correa said.

Read the full story on CNN.com

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  1. marianna68

    Family is from Puerto Rico. First time I ever heard of a tornado hitting it.

    July 17, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jack

    This story was a bit too long, could you shorten it up a bit, took too long to read.

    July 17, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Diana Santiago

    This story fails to indicate that the tornado fell over the sport facilities where the Centroamerican-Caribbean Games were scheduled to start tonight with the Opening Acts. In press conference, the organizers have announced the cancellation of the opening acts.

    This is such a rare phenomenon. Tornadoes don't hit Puerto Rico.

    July 17, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      They can happen, it isn't very common, but they do happen.......

      July 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      We have Global Warming to thank for this.

      July 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Letrole

    Well, tornadoes hit Puerto Rico now since Obama is in the whitehouse. Lord help usa ll

    July 17, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      You are a pathetic comment trolling piece of garbage. Leave politics out of this.

      July 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lord

      Letrole,

      You most be a single minded republican to state that. As a puertorican, I find your comment harsh and stupid. Please save your comments to your self or when you're with your other single minded friends!

      Hope everyone is safe!

      July 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama

      Really I did that WOW whats next??

      July 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      It was NOT A TORNADO; it was a very strong water spout. And as rare as they may be, those have taken place in Puerto Rico many times over the years. This event certainly has nothing to do with politics or messages from Mother Earth. The political comment is really a sad statement about the ignorance, outright political bias, or plain stupidity of Letrole.

      July 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • papotatuman

      Bravo Tony! Well said. Unfortunately, CNN [or the wire service they based their story] sensationalized the byline using the term tornado. I wonder if someone at CNN actually called to confirm the story and at the very least check with the NHC in Miami to get the technical particulars. Either one would have sufficed to correct the story. Politically, it is a sad state of affairs that no one in the mainland is aware of these games. And really bad for the PR promoters and the IOC which oversees the games, that no one really cares.

      July 17, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PARROT

    PUERTO RICO LIBRE......!!!

    July 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus "chu"Santiago

      Like nachos...right

      July 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cesar Cintron

    eXtremly rare...........
    Mother Earth might be trying to tell us something.

    July 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • papotatuman

      Mother Earth "aint sayin' " anything. Water spouts are a common occurence in PR. Please stop atributing weather phenomena to political agendas – witchdoctors can do better!

      July 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus "chu"Santiago

      Well mother earth could be Father God and healso saidds in Revelation 1:3 (New International Version)
      3Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

      July 17, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Juan Costa

    How is it that CNN doesn't know that this event has ocurred just hours before the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Centroamerican Olympic Games? And that it actually ocurred right at the stadium where those events were going to take place? The ceremony has been POSPONED to tomorrow night, as repairs to the stage, which are extensive, are repaired.

    July 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Juan Costa

    ****damages to the stage, which are extensive, are repaired.

    July 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. camiive

    There are at least 5 injured as a result of the lighting grid for the Opening Ceremonies of the Central American and Caribbean Games falling on them. The opening ceremonies have been postponed until tomorrow night and none of the sporting events have been changed.

    July 17, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. papotatuman

    The phenomenon is actually a "tromba marina" or water spouts – very common in the Caribbean. Not technically a tornado, these spouts rise from the ocean and come to land in a mixture of water and wind. One of Winslow Homer famous paintings depicts them. And yes, the story fails to mention that damage was done to the Central American and caribbean Games opening festivities – Chris Crommet should know better.

    July 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. End is now

    2012

    July 17, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. papotatuman

    Although I failed to mention that water spouts look just like a tornado, albeit with water. I experienced many of them in San Juan, PR. They are quite frequent in Mayaguez.

    July 17, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Factotum

    Tony – a waterspout IS a tornado – a tornado that's picked up water.

    BTW, ketchupspouts are tornadoes that have picked up ketchup.

    And trailerparkspouts are...well...every tornado that hits the Central US.

    July 17, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      lol trailerparkspouts

      July 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. OklaStormChaser

    Waterspouts are tornados over water, but once over land they ARE classified as tornados!

    July 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. papotatuman

    Oh well, I was hoping to c&p the actual definition of waterspouts but I am not allowed. Go Wiki and see. They are not tornadoes my storm chaser friend

    July 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
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