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Damage from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Photo:  Puerto Rico National Guard by Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos
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Intersection: Health Needs In Puerto Rico After Maria


How is Puerto Rico doing, three weeks after Hurricane Maria blasted the island? Power is being restored, but slowly. As of mid week more than 80 percent of Puerto Ricans still did not have electricity. Less than a quarter of cell sites are back up and running, so communication is still difficult.
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Damage from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Photo:  Puerto Rico National Guard by Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos
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Florida Schools Prepare For Evacuees From Puerto Rico


Puerto Ricans fleeing the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria have already begun to arrive at Florida’s public schools, and district leaders are preparing for more. Broward County schools took in 128 hurricane evacuees last week, mainly from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Miami-Dade enrolled 31 from Puerto Rico. That’s in addition to 16 kids from the Keys, and a few from Texas who arrived after Irma and Harvey.
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Damage from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Photo:  Puerto Rico National Guard by Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos
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Intersection: Hurricane Maria’s Aftermath In Puerto Rico


Gas, food, water, a cell signal. These are in short supply in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. How do supplies get from the ports to where they’re needed? How are Puerto Rican residents communicating on the island and with family in Florida after the hurricane dealt a massive blow to the cell service?
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Orlando’s Puerto Rican community gathers donations for hurricane relief


Karen Díaz de Suarez’s hands were trembling Sunday when she finally got the call from her brother that he and his family had survived Hurricane Maria. For days after the storm decimated buildings, flooded homes and knocked out power for the entire island, Díaz de Suarez didn’t sleep or eat much while she waited anxiously, to hear from her seven siblings who live in Puerto Rico. When her brother finally called, he said Maria sounded like a monster outside their home. While Díaz de Suarez waits to hear from the rest of her siblings, she and dozens of Central Florida residents were gathering food, water, monetary donations and other supplies in Orlando to send to Puerto Rico. As they worried …
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Hurricane Maria Hammers Puerto Rico


Scenes of destruction in Puerto Rico as Category 4 hurricane Maria hit the island. Hurricane Irma already dealt a blow to Puerto Rico’s electric grid. Now the island is completely without power.
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