Hurricane Maria, September 2017

by Mrs. Yeager

Destruction at Sea

On September 20, 2017, hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. It may be the most destructive storm in their history. The category 5 storm hit the island, causing four consecutive days of damaging winds and rain. The country suffered 34 deaths during the storm, but hundreds more due to long-term power outages.
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Many power lines and trees fell during the storm.

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Death Rate Debate

Five months after the hurricane, experts still debate the official death rate. Because 50% of the population did not have power for months after the storm, the countries death rate soared over the monthly average. The chart above shows the increase in death after the storm.