Hurricane Maria would intensify to a category 5 before making landfall in the Lesser Antilles area. By the time Maria would reach Puerto Rico, she would go through an eyewall replacement cycle which would weaken her overall strength down to a higher category 4 hurricane, but wouldn't change the damage path. Puerto Rico would suffer catastrophic amounts of damage leaving most of the island flooded or in a blackout. Relief efforts were slow and resources were scarce. Weeks after the devastation, Cypress would mobilize to aid the the areas of Vega Baja and Catano.