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[137], Elaine Duke, who was, at the time, the acting Secretary of Homeland Security, recalled years later that President Trump suggested "selling" Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the hurricane. [245] The White House contested claims that the administration was not responding effectively. [253] Trump's remarks were widely criticized for implying that Hurricane Maria was not a "real catastrophe". At its peak, the hurricane caused catastrophic destruction and numerous fatalities across the northeastern Caribbean, compounding recovery efforts in the areas of the Leeward Islands already struck by Hurricane Irma. [50], Heavy rainfall amounting to 3–5 in (75–125 mm)[52] caused scattered flooding across Barbados; in Christ Church, the flood waters trapped residents from the neighborhood of Goodland in their homes and inundated the business streets of Saint Lawrence Gap. [74] In Maria's wake, Dominica's population suffered from an island-wide water shortage due to uprooted pipes. [211] However, many people feel that this amount is insufficient, and worry it will not help the day-to-day lives of ordinary affected Puerto Ricans. It did not ask us to be paid soon or a guarantee to pay". [113], Maria's Category 4 winds broke a 96-foot (29 m) line feed antenna of the Arecibo Observatory, causing it to fall 500 feet (150 m) and puncturing the dish below, greatly reducing its ability to function until repairs could be made. Cascading outages affected areas powered by substations in Villa Betina and Quebrada Negrito. [176][177] Four of the five large solar farms on Puerto Rico were damaged and many of the wind turbines suffered damaged blades. Interaction with land further weakened the hurricane, though it regained some strength as it moved northeast of the Bahamas. The radar was rebuilt and finally brought back online 9 months later. Calculation from provided monthly statistics. [94] The coastal La Perla neighborhood of San Juan was largely destroyed. As time went by it did not go up by much. By September 15, 2017, 83% of the items there, including 90% of the water and all of the tarps and cots, had been deployed for post-Irma relief, mostly to the U.S. Virgin Islands. [148] Troops were activated and deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands from the Virginia National Guard,[234] the West Virginia National Guard,[235] Missouri National Guard,[236] and UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from the Tennessee Army National Guard. The then-thriving city was all but destroyed when, with little notice, a hurricane made landfall the night of Sept. 8, 1900. [89] Damage was most extensive in the town of Frederiksted,[citation needed] on the west end of St. Croix, as well as along the southern shoreline, leaving 3 dead. The storm knocked out power to 800 Duke Energy Progress customers in the Havelock area, with restoration of power expected to take several hours. Ninety-five percent of cell networks were down, with 48 of the island's 78 counties networks being completely inoperable. [158], On September 29, the hospital ship USNS Comfort left port at Norfolk, Virginia to help victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and arrived in San Juan on October 3. [223] Utilizing a similar method, The New York Times indicated an increase of 1,052 fatalities in the 42 days following Maria compared to previous years. [220][221] There were 238 more reported deaths in September and October 2017 than during the same months in 2016, and 336 more compared to September and October 2015. [147] The territory's government contracted 56 small companies to assist in restoring power. Internally, there was an influx of people into San Juan. [51] The agricultural sector, especially the banana industry, suffered losses from the winds. Some towns continued to be isolated and delivery of relief supplies including food and water were hampered—helicopters were the only alternative. [80], Overall, the hurricane damaged the roofs of as much as 98% of the island's buildings,[74] including those serving as shelters;[72] half of the houses had their frames destroyed. [35], Blustery conditions spread over Guadeloupe as Maria tracked to the south of the archipelago, which endured hours of unabating hurricane-force winds. Eleven cargo vessels collectively carrying 1.3 million liters of water, 23,000 cots, and dozens of generators arrived. [58] In the seaside commune of Le Carbet, rough seas washed ashore large rocks and demolished some coastal structures,[58][63] while some boats were blown over along the bay of the commune of Schœlcher. [7], Upon the initiation of the National Hurricane Center (NHC)'s first advisories for the system that would become Tropical Storm Maria on the morning of September 16, the government of France issued tropical storm watches for the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe, while St. Lucia issued a tropical storm watch for its citizens, and the government of Barbados issued a similar watch for Dominica. [155][156], The United States Transportation Command moved additional personnel and eight U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from Fort Campbell, Kentucky to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to increase distribution capacity. [189] On November 5, more than 100,000 people had left Puerto Rico for the mainland. As time went by it did not go up by much. The new death toll has refocused complaints that federal authorities have not done enough to help struggling Puerto Ricans. Sustained winds at the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge on St. Croix reached 99 to 104 mph (159 to 167 km/h) and gusted to 137 mph (220 km/h). Nope", "Puerto Rico governor orders recount of hurricane death toll", "Puerto Rico Releases Data On Hundreds Of Deaths Following Hurricane Maria", "Lawsuits reveal data showing higher death count in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria", "3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. "Can we outsource the electricity? [246] General Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, defended the Trump Administration's response, and reiterated that relief efforts were hampered by Puerto Rico being an island rather than on the mainland. On October 11, 2017, Vox reported 81 deaths directly or indirectly related to the hurricane, with another 450 deaths awaiting investigation. [7][10], Maria gradually strengthened, and by late on September 17, although the center had temporarily become exposed, a convective burst over the center enabled it to become a hurricane. 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[214][215]'[dubious – discuss], The deaths of 64 people were initially directly attributed to the hurricane by the government of Puerto Rico.[218]. On Monday, Iota reached Nicaragua as a category five hurricane, the maximum power, two weeks after Cyclone Eta hit the same area, leaving at least 200 people dead and 2.5 million affected. A brutal storm first hit Puerto Rico then Palm Springs, Fla., in September 1928. "Oxfam rarely responds to humanitarian emergencies in the US and other wealthy countries, but as the situation in Puerto Rico worsens and the federal government's response continues to falter, we have decided to step in. The islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique endured widespread flooding, damaged roofs, and uprooted trees. [26], Still recovering from Hurricane Irma two weeks prior, approximately 80,000 remained without power as Maria approached. [265] No requests for assistance had been made to the American Public Power Association by October 24. [122] USS Wasp, previously deployed to Saint Martin to assist in relief efforts after Hurricane Irma, arrived in Dominica on September 22. [7] Gradual organization occurred as it progressed westward across the tropical Atlantic under the influence of a mid-level ridge that was located to the system's north,[8][9] and by 12:00 UTC on September 16, it had developed into Tropical Depression Fifteen, as deep convection consolidated and developed into curved bands wrapping into an increasingly-defined center of circulation. [148] The United States Air Force Air Mobility Command has dedicated eight C-17 Globemaster aircraft to deliver relief supplies. A state of emergency was declared by officials in Dare and Hyde counties, while visitors were ordered to evacuate Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. This is an event without precedent. [69][70] Skerrit called the devastation "mind boggling" before going offline, and indicated immediate priority was to rescue survivors rather than assess damage. By John D. Sutter and Leyla Santiago, CNN. "[251] In an update on October 19, the agency called the situation in Puerto Rico "unacceptable" and called for "a more robust and efficient response from the US government". 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A charity called Light Up Puerto Rico raised money to both purchase and deliver solar products, including solar panels, on Oct. [65] Beyond their impact on farmland, the strong winds ravaged much of the island's vegetation: fallen trees and branches covered practically every major road and were responsible for one death. The winds stripped the public library of its roof panels and demolished all but one wall of the Baptist church. [240] A DHS Security spokesman said that there would be enough U.S. shipping for Puerto Rico, and that the limiting factors would be port capacity and local transport capacity. The death toll of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico has jumped from 64 to nearly 3,000 after an official report was released. A month after the hurricane, most hospitals were open,[138] but most were on backup generators that provide limited power. Hurricane season starts soon, and 'you need to start preparing now', Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Research project seeks more accurate Hurricane Maria death toll data in Puerto Rico. [49] Scattered rock slides, landslides and uprooted trees caused minor damage and blocked some roads. [264] Several representatives, both Democrats and Republicans, also voiced their concern over the choice to contract Whitefish instead of other companies. [47], In the wake of the hurricane, more than 85% of the island's houses were damaged, of which more than 25% were completely destroyed, leaving more than 50,000 of the island's 73,000 residents to be displaced. [205] Although banks require that people with mortgages have homeowner's insurance, Puerto Rico has a low mortgage penetration rate with only 500,000 active mortgages in a population of 3 million as many homes are fully owned by families and passed to the next generation. [115][116], Hurricane Maria greatly affected Puerto Rico's agriculture. [178][179], Many TV and movie stars donated money to hurricane relief organizations to help the victims of Harvey and Maria. And experts predict the 2018 hurricane season will meet or exceed those averages. [162], On September 27, the Pentagon reopened two major airfields on Puerto Rico and started sending aircraft, specialized units, and a hospital ship to assist in the relief effort; Brigadier General Richard C. Kim, the deputy commanding general of United States Army North, was responsible for coordinating operations between the military, FEMA and other government agencies, and the private sector. [34] As of April 12, 2019, there are 65 fatalities confirmed across the island, including 34 who are missing and presumed to be dead. [6], Maria originated from a tropical wave that left the western coast of Africa on September 12. Nearly a month after the hurricane, electricity had been restored to only 16 percent of people in St. Thomas and 1.6 percent of people in St. A new study says the Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico was close to 3,000. [159] Patients were brought to the ship by helicopter or boat tender after being referred by Puerto Rico's Department of Health. [123] At the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit called the situation in Dominica an "international humanitarian emergency". The tenth most intense Atlantic hurricane on record and the most intense tropical cyclone worldwide in 2017, Maria was the thirteenth named storm, eighth consecutive hurricane, fourth major hurricane, second Category 5 hurricane, and deadliest storm of the hyperactive 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. The Category 4 hurricane was the worst natural disaster ever to strike the United States territory and the third costliest storm on record, having caused an estimated $90 billion in damage. Care packages were coming in to Puerto Rico from all over and USPS hired temporary workers and had workers delivering packages 7 days a week, to help with the brunt. [205] In addition, 10% of mortgage holders in Puerto Rico were delinquent at the time (compared to 5.8% on the mainland), an indication of the fragile state of the local economy. More: Hurricane season starts soon, and 'you need to start preparing now', Forecasters expect 10-16 tropical storms in 2018, U.S. government forecasters are expecting an active Atlantic hurricane season. PREPA cited Whitefish's comparatively small upfront cost of $3.7 million for mobilization as one of the main reasons for contracting them over larger companies. FEMA does not rebuild homes to which the owner has no title, which has presented a major obstacle for many Puerto Ricans, who may have erected structures on family plots without procuring legal paperwork beforehand. [88], Two weeks after Hurricane Irma hit St. Thomas and St. John as a Category 5 hurricane, Hurricane Maria's weaker outer eyewall was reported by the National Hurricane Center to have crossed Saint Croix while the hurricane was at Category 5 intensity. An estimated 2,975 people died in Puerto Rico in the five months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island last September, a far higher number than the government's official death toll count of … [130] Eight FEMA Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) teams were deployed to assist in rescue efforts. [36] Infrastructural damage amounted to RD$3 billion (US$63 million). The original count had languished under a cloud of skepticism ever since it was announced by Puerto Ricos Department of Public Safety in December 2017. [145] By October 3, there were 39 commercial flights per day from all Puerto Rican airports, about a quarter of the normal number. [271], On April 11, 2018, at the 40th session of the Regional Association Hurricane Committee, the World Meteorological Organization retired the name Maria from its rotating name lists, due to the highly extensive amount of damage and loss of life it caused along its path, especially in Dominica, Saint Croix, and Puerto Rico, and it will never again be used to name an Atlantic hurricane. New York Daily News | Sep 10, 2020 at 8:33 PM . ", "They lost homes in Hurricane Maria, but didn't have deeds. Officials in Puerto Rico now say 2,975 people died following Hurricane Maria - a devastating storm that struck the US island territory in September 2017. [219] Official statistics showed increases of about 20% and 27% in overall fatalities in Puerto Rico during September 2017, compared to 2016 and 2015, followed by a decrease of about 10% in October 2017 compared to the previous two Octobers. [33] Maria caused beach erosion at the ferry terminal at the north end of Ocracoke Island that washed out a portion of the paved lanes where vehicles wait to board the ferry. [144], The entirety of Puerto Rico was declared a Federal Disaster Zone shortly after the hurricane. Scores of people who survived the hurricane's initial onslaught later died from complications in its aftermath. The value only accounted for reported deaths, and with limitations to communication, the actual toll could have been even higher. [44] A third person had a fatal heart attack during the hurricane. [103] Beyond flights involving the relief effort, limited commercial traffic resumed at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport on September 22 under primitive conditions. The island continues to recover, but efforts have been delayed by its problematic power grid, and electricity has not been restored to all of the island nearly nine months after the storm. The Assessment Capacities Project estimates that the hurricane has caused EC$3.69 billion (US$1.37 billion) in losses across the island, which is equal to 226 percent of its 2016 GDP. That’s nearly the population of the entire town — which had a post office, school, shrimp cannery and resort hotel, according to NOLA.com. Hurricane Maria was a deadly Category 5 hurricane that devastated Dominica, St Croix, and Puerto Rico in September 2017. Almost two years after Maria, shelters remained operational as many homes still lacked significant roofing. Here's why that number was so hard to figure out. By Theresa Braine. PREPA says there's an "event" of the 50900 line which runs north to south Previous failures of this line have affected most of the 1,473,000 customers", "Puerto Rico suffers island-wide power outage", "No Title, No Lease, No Assistance to Rebuild", "Hurricane Maria Exposes a Common Problem for Puerto Rico Homeowners: No Insurance - Only about half of houses on the island are covered by policies that protect against wind damage", "Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricane", "FEMA Emptied Its Puerto Rico Warehouse Just Before Maria Struck", "How Is FEMA Preparing For Hurricane Season In Puerto Rico? The US territory's government has for months kept the official death toll at 64, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary. [207] FEMA has added three new warehouses on Puerto Rico, and pre-positioned emergency power generators at hospitals and water pump stations. [252], On October 3, 2017, President Trump visited Puerto Rico. [264], In a press release on October 27, FEMA stated it did not approve of PREPA's contract with Whitefish and cited "significant concerns". 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