Three years may not seem like a long time, but for millions of people in Puerto Rico, itâs been an eternity in purgatory. The Milken Institute of Public Health at George Washington University received a nearly â¦ Hurricane Mari a stunned the world in mid-Septembe r 2017. For Puerto Rico, Dorian is the first major storm to strike the island since Hurricane Maria in 2017, which hit with 175 mph winds. FILE: Kissimmee's Puerto Rican community gathers to remember the lives that were devastated when Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico in 2017. Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017, as a Category 4 storm, dumping up to 3 feet of rain in some areas and bringing up â¦ Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, one of the worldâs most iconic telescopes, is to be decommissioned due to damage caused by Hurricane â¦ Before Hurricane Maria, there was Hurricane Irma, followed by political unrest, earthquakes, then the â¦ Hurricane María made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. Hurricane Irma skirted past Puerto Ricoâs north coast in early September 2017 as a Category 5 storm, causing more than an estimated $700 million in damage, killing at least four people and knocking power out to more than 1 million people. Puerto Rico has made strides since Hurricane Maria struck a month ago, but a balky power grid, unreliable cell service and damaged roads are hampering the recovery. The storm had already caused widespread destruction in Dominica as a Category 5 storm, and it alternated between Category 4 and 5 as it approached Puerto Rico. PUERTO RICO NECESITA SU AYUDA , HAGA SU DONATIVO A #UnitedForPuertoRico In the dark: Hurricane Maria destroyed much of Puerto Ricoâs electrical grid in 2017, leaving more than a million residents without power for months. â¦ The population of Puerto Rico was declining before Hurricane Maria struck in September 2017. While the Islandâs citizens suffer, many see this disaster as an opportunity to exploit Puerto Ricans for their own economic benefit: this subsection elucidates the effects of disaster capitalism in post-María Puerto Rico and the threats to privatize different sectors. The government later raised the official death toll from 64 to 2,975 following an independent study by George Washington researchers who found that â¦ Puerto Rico Gov. Though parts of it have been repaired to their original condition, it remains unstable and residents frequently deal with power outages when storms far weaker than hurricanes pass over the island. Puerto Rico officials managing hurricane Maria recovery efforts said much of the food they received from FEMA lacked nutritional value. Wanda Vázquez Garced fired the island's emergency manager, hours after a warehouse filled with supplies was discovered. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) â U.S. researchers who estimated that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria are now investigating deaths that might have been missed and could be linked to infrastructure damaged by the Category 4 storm, officials announced Wednesday. Puerto Rico has been hit by an unprecedented series of disasters,â Brown adds. By law, the pathologists at this morgue can only work 325 cases per year. Michael Deibert. FEMA Officials Charged With Puerto Rico Hurricane Aid Fraud By . (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Hurricane María approaching Puerto Rico on September 19, 2017. â¦ Carlos Garcia RawlinsâReuters This post will be updated Power outages and flooding were reported in the Virgin Islands and the Puerto â¦ The rebuilding effort in â¦ The death of an icon. Puerto Ricoâs electrical grid has been in tatters since the hurricane brought it down entirely in September 2017. Entire neighborhoods were wiped out by 155-miles-per-hour winds and unhinged rivers of dirty, dangerous floodwaters. Trump suggested selling Puerto Rico in hurricane response: official . With a minimum pressure of 908 hPa, Maria was the tenth most intense Atlantic hurricane on record. They are not psychologically going about their daily routines as they did before the hurricane,â she says. The hurricane inspired another exodus. Puerto Ricoâs once pristine beaches became littered with snapped palm trees and debris. Puerto RICO Hurricane MARIA. Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm. In September 2017, Puerto Rico was struck by two major hurricanesâIrma and Mariaâthat intensified existing challenges in Puerto Rico's health and social services infrastructure. Both governments were also reluctant to recognize the large and growing death toll provoked by Hurricane María. In the aftermath, the government of Puerto Rico created a long-term recovery plan built on an evidence-based assessment of the damage from the hurricanes and the ongoing needs across Puerto Rico. Hurricane Dorian spares Puerto Rico and heads for eastern coast of Florida This article is more than 1 year old. Puerto Rico declares state of emergency as drought hits island. An estimated 2,975 people were killed and damages were estimated at more than $100 billion. Two years after Maria, the focus has begun to shift from damage control to long-term recovery, says Frances Boulon, PhD, a professor in the psychology department at the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras and past president of APPR. Puerto Ricoâs government at the time came under heavy criticism for severely undercounting the number of deaths related to Hurricane Maria, which destroyed the power grid and caused more than an estimated $100 billion in damage. Hurricane Maria is the worst storm to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years, and arrived only two weeks after Hurricane Irma passed just north of the island and left 1 million people without power. U.S. and Puerto Rico flags hang on a damaged church after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Carolina, Puerto Rico on Sept. 26. 77 mentions Jâaime. Americas. Before the hurricane, Puerto Ricoâs population was declining due to recession. Trump's announcement that he was sending $13 billion in disaster aid to Puerto Rico has more to do with Joe Biden than Hurricane Maria. Voices. Puerto Rico one year after Hurricane Maria 09:46.