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Photo courtesy of FEMA, by Andrea Booher - Nov 04, 2017

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Hurricane Maria by the Facts

  • Almost half of all Puerto Ricans lived below poverty line before Hurricane Maria
  • Maria was the worst storm to hit the island in over 80 years
  • More than 200,000 Puerto Ricans have re-located to the continental United States since the storm
  • Maria was a Category Four storm with 155mph winds
  • Puerto Rico suffered a 100% island-wide power-outage, vastly limiting citizens’ access to food and water
  • Maria hit the island only a week after hurricane Irma, during which one million people lost power
  • Hurricane Maria will cost an estimated $94 billion in damages
  • The Puerto Rican government’s official hurricane death toll is 64, but it is estimated that over 1,000 people have lost their lives due to the storm
  • FEMA has reported that 16,773 Puerto Rican businesses and municipalities have been affected by the hurricane
  • Half of Puerto Rican housing pre-Maria was undocumented, leaving residents with no governmental aid
  • Puerto Rico has lost roughly 10% of its population over the past decade, causing a shortage of necessary skilled labor on the island
  • Since 2007, over 20% of Puerto Rican jobs have been lost