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[118] Five people, all of them males, were killed in the Dominican Republic: four of them were of Haitian origin, killed when they were swept away by floodwaters; the fifth person was a Dominican man who died in a landslide. The historic flooding topped levees, burying New Orleans and displacing hundreds of thousands of Southerners. [99], Storm surge and flash flooding—stemming from flood gate releases at La Plata Lake Dam—converged on the town of Toa Baja, trapping thousands of residents. The radome which covers the radar antenna, and which was designed to withstand winds of more than 130 mph, was destroyed while the antenna of 30 feet in diameter was blown from the pedestal, the latter remaining intact. Communications were largely lost across the island. A couple of days later, Comfort departed on an around the island tour to assist, remaining a dozen miles off shore. [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. Puerto Rico raised the official death toll for Hurricane Maria from 64 to nearly 3,000 people after months of denying there was an issue with the count. 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. [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. French America Line has been accused of scamming customers without delivering on services, and some have alleged the company used proposed "Hurricane relief services" as a coverup. 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. 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. [159] By November 8, 2017, Comfort's staff had treated 1,476 patients, including 147 surgeries and two births. congresswoman Stacey Plaskett stated that 90% of buildings in the Virgin Islands were damaged or destroyed and 13,000 of those buildings had lost their roofs. [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. [139] About half of sewage treatment plants on the island were still not functioning. [39], Maria brushed the Outer Banks of North Carolina on September 26, as the center of the storm passed by offshore and brought tropical storm conditions to the area, along with a storm surge, large waves, and rip currents to the coast. [247] President Donald Trump responded to accusations that he does not care about Puerto Rico: "Puerto Rico is very important to me, and Puerto Rico—the people are fantastic people. 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[250] The organization released a statement, saying in part: "While the US government is engaged in relief efforts, it has failed to address the most urgent needs. "[248], Mayor Cruz criticized the federal response on September 29 during a news conference. [92], The storm made landfall on Puerto Rico on Wednesday, September 20, near the Yabucoa municipality at 10:15 UTC (6:15 a.m. local time) as a high-end Category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 mph (250 km/h). [264], In a press release on October 27, FEMA stated it did not approve of PREPA's contract with Whitefish and cited "significant concerns". Hurricane Maria, experts grew increasingly concerned over how officials were recording the deaths when the Puerto Rican government’s death toll count stayed at 64 [33], The outer rainbands of Maria produced heavy rainfall and strong gusts across the southern Windward Islands. A month after the hurricane, most hospitals were open,[138] but most were on backup generators that provide limited power. Other wikis • Commons: Maria images. 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The islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique endured widespread flooding, damaged roofs, and uprooted trees. Though Maria caused catastrophic damage, the response was slower in quantitative terms. [96] The eyewall replacement cycle that caused María to weaken to Category 4 strength also caused the eye to triple in size as the diameter expanded 9–28 nmi (10–32 mi) prior to landfall. A brutal storm first hit Puerto Rico then Palm Springs, Fla., in September 1928. [148], On September 24, the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge and the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill under Rear Admiral Jeffrey W. Hughes along with the 2,400 marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived to assist in relief efforts. However, most of the 250 bed floating state-of-the-art hospital went unused despite overburdened island clinics and hospitals because there were few referrals. [245] The White House contested claims that the administration was not responding effectively. [119] A fourth drowning death occurred in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Everything else is gone. [85] Two people disappeared at sea after their vessel capsized offshore La Désirade, east of mainland Grande-Terre,[86] and they are presumed to be dead afterwards. 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. Here's why that number was so hard to figure out. [252], On October 3, 2017, President Trump visited Puerto Rico. [74] In Maria's wake, Dominica's population suffered from an island-wide water shortage due to uprooted pipes. Almost two years after Maria, shelters remained operational as many homes still lacked significant roofing. [201] Excluding those affected by the second blackout, more than 200,000 people remained without power following Maria, on March 2, 2018. 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FEMA's relief efforts in Puerto Rico post-Maria engaged a smaller work force and budget than the agency's efforts in Texas and Florida, in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, respectively. [238], The U.S. government hurricane response was criticized as inadequate and slow. Researchers pored over tens of thousands of death certificates and interviewed scores of doctors to reach the 2,975 death toll for Hurricane Maria. Much of the housing stock and infrastructure were left beyond repair, while the island's lush vegetation was practically eradicated. As time went by it did not go up by much. [25], According to the non-profit environmental advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council, the island's water system was already in substandard conditions prior to hurricanes Irma and Maria. Can we can we sell the island? [214][215]'[dubious – discuss], The deaths of 64 people were initially directly attributed to the hurricane by the government of Puerto Rico.[218]. [60] Even greater quantities fell at higher elevations of Basse Terre Island, with a maximum total of 18.07 in (459 mm) measured at the mountainous locality of Matouba, Saint-Claude. Researchers have figured out that as many as 4,640 people died in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria pummeled the country in September 2017. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. [86] The islands of Marie-Galante, La Désirade and especially Les Saintes bore the brunt of the winds, which caused heavy damage to structures and nature alike and cut the islands off from their surroundings for several days. Winds of 23 mph (37 km/h) and gusts of 41 mph (66 km/h) were reported at Dare County Regional Airport at Manteo on September 27, while winds of 40 mph (64 km/h) were reported in Duck, North Carolina. For other storms of the same name, see, Hurricane Maria at peak intensity to the southeast of. Everywhere needs rebuilding but there is no money to rebuild things with. FEMA reported 60,000 homes needed roofing help, and had distributed 38,000 roofing tarps. Puerto Rico also suffered catastrophic damage and a major humanitarian crisis; most of the island's population suffered from flooding and a lack of resources, compounded by the slow relief process. [94] The coastal La Perla neighborhood of San Juan was largely destroyed. 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. Guesstimating the Toll of Hurricane Maria By Robert VerBruggen. [16] Maria weakened significantly while traversing Puerto Rico, but was able to restrengthen to a major hurricane once it emerged over the Atlantic later that afternoon, eventually attaining a secondary peak intensity with winds of 125 mph (205 km/h) on September 22, while north of Hispaniola. [271] Further investigation revealed that the boat had been docked in New Orleans since 2016. On October 11, 2017, Vox reported 81 deaths directly or indirectly related to the hurricane, with another 450 deaths awaiting investigation. [27] FEMA's Caribbean Distribution Center warehouse, its only emergency stockpile in the islands, is located on Puerto Rico. Research project seeks more accurate Hurricane Maria death toll data in Puerto Rico. [56][57], Passing 30 mi (50 km) off the northern shorelines, Maria brought torrential rainfall and strong gusts to Martinique but spared the island of its hurricane-force windfield,[58] which at the time extended 25 mi (35 km) around the eye. Tens of thousands of people were forced to seek refuge in the Superdome, which descended into chaos and became a symbol of the city’s unpreparedness. [191], Three months after the hurricane, 45% of Puerto Ricans still had no power, over 1.5 million people. [69] Initial ham radio reports from the capital of Roseau on September 19 indicated "total devastation," with half the city flooded, cars stranded, and stretches of residential area "flattened". President Donald Trump declared a major disaster in the U.S. Virgin Islands one day after Maria hit. [144], The entirety of Puerto Rico was declared a Federal Disaster Zone shortly after the hurricane. [106] Communication networks were crippled across the island. Even before government officials locked the Hurricane Maria death toll in at 64, statistics-based estimates by a number of different sources indicated that the actual total could to… evaluation Our study shows that physician lack of awareness . [149][150][151][152] By September 24, there were thirteen United States Coast Guard ships deployed around Puerto Rico assisting in the relief and restoration efforts: the National Security Cutter USCGC James; the medium endurance cutters USCGC Diligence, USCGC Forward, USCGC Venturous, and USCGC Valiant; the fast response cutters USCGC Donald Horsley, USCGC Heriberto Hernandez, USCGC Joseph Napier, USCGC Richard Dixon, and USCGC Winslow W. Griesser; the coastal patrol boat USCGC Yellowfin; and the seagoing buoy tenders USCGC Cypress and USCGC Elm. Nearly nine months after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, nobody knows how many people died because of it. At least eight people died from the flooding, while many were unaccounted for. [91] The Luis Hospital suffered roof damage and flooding, but remained operational. A complete replacement of fossil fuel infrastructure is unlikely as solar and wind are too intermittent and are also vulnerable to another hurricane. Maria made landfall in Dominica at 01:15 UTC on September 19,[14] becoming the first Category 5 hurricane on record to strike the island nation. [157] National Guard troops were activated and deployed to Puerto Rico from Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. [202] Less than a week later on April 18, another blackout affected all of Puerto Rico. [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. [32][33] The port in Morehead City was closed by the United States Coast Guard on the morning of September 26. [73] With no access to electricity or running water, and with sewage systems destroyed, fears of widespread diarrhea and dysentery arose. [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. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September 2017 and soon after, the government of Puerto Rico determined that 64 people had died. [114] On September 21, the mother and her two children were rescued while the father drowned inside the capsized vessel. Puerto Rican travelers often chose to go to Orlando, Miami, New York City, and Atlanta. [103] Eighty-five percent of above-ground phone and internet cables were knocked out. [83], Throughout the archipelago, the hurricane left 40% of the population (80,000 households) without power and 25% of landline users without service. Some towns continued to be isolated and delivery of relief supplies including food and water were hampered—helicopters were the only alternative. Many of the dead were left to decompose on rooftops and streets, drawing sharp criticism of the government's response. Total losses from the hurricane are estimated at upwards of $91.61 billion (2017 USD), mostly in Puerto Rico, ranking it as the third-costliest tropical cyclone on record. [17], Maria then began fluctuating in intensity for the next few days as the eye periodically appeared and disappeared, while slowly nearing the East Coast of the United States, although southwesterly wind shear gradually weakened the hurricane. [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. By John D. Sutter and Leyla Santiago, CNN. [32] Ferry service between Ocracoke and Cedar Island was suspended the evening of September 25, and remained suspended on September 26 and 27, due to rough seas, while ferry service between Ocracoke and Hatteras Island was suspended on September 26 and 27. People are trying to be strong in Dominica, like everything is fine, but it's not. "[161] After remaining offshore for three weeks, the Comfort docked in San Juan on October 27, briefly departing only once to restock at sea from a naval resupply ship. "[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". Assessments on September 22 indicated that 110 homes were destroyed, 570 were damaged, and 3,723 were affected by flooding. [195] This caused a months long shortage in medical supplies in the United States, especially of IV bags. "[270], Cruiseline French America Line claimed to be working with Whitefish Energy, and that their boat the "Louisiane" would serve as "headquarters for relief services" after Hurricane Maria. [148] The United States Air Force Air Mobility Command has dedicated eight C-17 Globemaster aircraft to deliver relief supplies. 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. 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I know many Puerto Ricans. [232] The response was met with immediate criticism, including from Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulín Cruz and Florida Congresswoman and fellow Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.[233]. Oxfam has monitored the response in Puerto Rico closely, and we are outraged at the slow and inadequate response the US Government has mounted," said Oxfam America's president Abby Maxman. Unofficial investigations and independent scientific studies later suggested that the death toll was likely much higher. Hurricane Maria death toll may be more than 4,600 in Puerto Rico. [148] The Air Force assisted the Federal Aviation Administration with air traffic control repairs to increase throughput capacity. The storm caused the worst electrical blackout in US history, and in June 2018, thousands of homes and businesses were still without power. [110][111], The nearby island of Vieques suffered similarly extensive damage. [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. [7] By September 25, it passed over cooler sea surface temperatures that had been left behind by Hurricane Jose a week prior, causing its inner core to collapse and the structure of the storm to change significantly. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. [210], As of January 2019, the Department of Housing and Urban Development had allocated nearly $20 billion in grants to aid Puerto Rico's reconstruction. More: Hurricane Maria killed more than 4,600 people, not 64. The hurricane reached Category 5 strength on September 18 just before making landfall on Dominica, becoming the first Category 5 hurricane on record to strike the island. [166] A joint Army National Guard and Marine expeditionary unit (MEU) team established an Installation Staging Base at the former Roosevelt Roads Naval Station; they transported via helicopter Department of Health and Human Services assessment teams to hospitals across Puerto Rico to determine medical requirements. [209] A year later, repairs to homes were not completed, schools were shuttered, and residents were suffering from depression. [117], Torrential rains and strong winds impacted the Dominican Republic as Maria tracked northeast of the country. You know, or divest of that asset?" 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. Trump repeatedly downplayed Hurricane Maria’s disastrous toll on Puerto Rico in the months following the storm. 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