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in hurricane-hit puerto rico, a stunning silence


i was stunned as i walked through the darkened and humid arrivals terminal at san juan's international airport two days after hurricane maria blasted its way across puerto rico.






in hurricane-hit puerto rico, a stunning silence


san juan, puerto rico (ap) — i was stunned as i walked through the darkened and humid arrivals terminal at san juan’s international airport two days after hurricane maria blasted its way across puerto rico. it was quiet. no military air traffic control units on the tarmac directing planeloads of aid supplies, no bustling command […]






firsthand account: in hurricane-hit puerto rico, a stunning silence


i was stunned as i walked through the darkened and humid arrivals terminal at san juan's international airport two days after hurricane maria blasted its way across puerto rico. it was quiet. no military air traffic control units on the tarmac directing planeloads of aid supplies, no bustling command...






hurricane maria aims at puerto rico after slamming dominica


dominica's leader sent out an emotional plea for help as hurricane maria smashed into the caribbean island and caused "mind-boggling" devastation, but an ominous silence followed as the country lost all communications on tuesday and the category 5 hurricane barreled toward puerto rico, which looked...






official: hurricane maria set puerto rico back decades


puerto rico's nonvoting representative in the u.s. congress said sunday that hurricane maria's destruction has set the island back decades, even as authorities worked to assess the extent of the damage. "the devastation in puerto rico has set us back nearly 20 to 30 years," said puerto rico resident...






hurricane relief or abandonment? independence or statehood? puerto rico waits, l


the silence coming from home has a texture. there’s anxiety in it, as we on the mainland wait for any word from relatives trapped on the small prison island known as puerto rico. there’s fear in it: close your eyes and you see your aunts and cousins, abuelos and nieces scramble for clean water...






terrifying videos show hurricane maria unleashing 150-mph winds and flooding on


hurricane maria delivered a direct hit on puerto rico on wednesday morning, as the category-4 hurricane hammered the island with winds in excess of 150 miles per hour. cnn reports that maria made landfall on the southeastern coast of puerto rico early on wednesday, and meteorologist derek van dam sp...






first flights from puerto rico arrive at o’hare after hurricane maria


it was only a few weeks ago that 96-year-old virginia garcia recounted for her children how terrifying it was to endure the san ciprian hurricane as an 11-year-old girl in guayama, puerto rico. earlier this month, garcia died and her daughter angela garcia, of racine, wis., returned to puerto rico...






puerto rico economic crisis grows in wake of maria's human toll


all of puerto rico has lost electricity. entire towns are swamped in the deluge. streets have become rivers and trees have crushed homes. hurricane maria is puerto rico's worst in nearly a century, a double blow as it follows the destructive hurricane irma by just two weeks. the costs, both human...






official: hurricane maria set puerto rico back decades


san juan, puerto rico (ap) — puerto rico's nonvoting representative in the u.s. congress said sunday that hurricane maria's destruction has set the island back decades, even as authorities worked to assess the extent of the damage.






hurricane maria aims at puerto rico after slamming dominica


hurricane maria barreled toward puerto rico on tuesday night after wreaking widespread devastation on dominica and leaving the small caribbean island virtually incommunicado. as rains began to lash puerto rico, gov. ricardo rossello warned that maria could hit "with a force and violence that we...






what is the jones act, and why does puerto rico want it gone?


hurricane-ravaged puerto rico is asking the white house for any help it can get. but there’s at least one request the trump administration hasn’t granted puerto rico: the suspension of a 97-year-old maritime law that says shipping between ports in the united states must be done by u.s.-owned, u.s.-flagged,...






hurricane irma blacks out puerto rico, heads for hispaniola


san juan, puerto rico (ap) — hurricane irma blacked out much of puerto rico as the dangerous category 5 storm raked the u.s. territory with heavy wind and rain while staying just out to sea, and it headed early thursday toward the dominican republic and haiti. to the east, authorities struggled to get aid to […]






puerto rico's power grid 'destroyed' by hurricane maria, leaving millions cut of


as hurricane maria continued to cross the caribbean on friday, officials in puerto rico took stock of the deadly toll the historic storm left in its wake: nearly half of the storm’s total death toll of 32. at least 15 people were killed in puerto rico, according to el nuevo día‏ newspaper, including...






hurricane maria aims at puerto rico after slamming dominica


san juan, puerto rico (ap) — puerto rico faced wednesday what officials said could be the strongest hurricane to ever hit the u.s. territory as they warned it would decimate the power company’s crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities. maria barreled toward the island with 175 mph winds and was […]






slow arrival of hurricane aid revives statehood debate in puerto rico


puerto ricans have long felt like second-class u.s. citizens. the island lacks voting representation in congress or any power in presidential elections. nearly everything costs more, including healthcare. and now, amid the devastation of hurricane maria, puerto rico has another reminder of its...






damage in puerto rico strains relief efforts by agencies


washington (ap) — federal agencies are grappling with the vast scale of the disaster in puerto rico left by hurricane maria, the third major storm to strike the u.s. in less than a month. three days after the massive hurricane crossed the u.s. territory, towns in puerto rico remain without fresh water, fuel, power or […]






hurricane maria aims at puerto rico after slamming dominica


puerto rico faced wednesday what officials said could be the strongest hurricane to ever hit the u.s. territory as they warned it would decimate the power company's crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities.






hurricane maria pounds caribbean, targets puerto rico and virgin islands


national hurricane center says "it now appears likely" that maria will remain a category 5 storm when it hits puerto rico






puerto rico faces weeks without electricity after maria


san juan, puerto rico (ap) — they eye of hurricane maria was nearing the turks and caicos early friday as puerto rico sought to recover from the storm’s devastation. two days after maria ravaged puerto rico, flooding towns, crushing homes and killing at least two people, millions on the island faced the dispiriting prospect of […]






hurricane maria survivor returns to new york from puerto rico


for a grandmother from the bronx who fled hurricane maria's devastation in her native puerto rico, the thought of her family waiting for her at kennedy airport brought her to tears.






jennifer lopez pledges $1 million to help puerto rico recover from hurricane mar


the entertainer and boyfriend alex rodriguez are working with other celebrities to help puerto rico, which is facing a humanitarian crisis in the wake of hurricane maria.






hurricane maria smashes dominica, now menaces puerto rico


hurricane maria smashed into dominica with 160 mph winds, ripping the roof off even the prime minister's residence and causing what he called "mind-boggling" devastation tuesday as it plunged into a caribbean region already ravaged by hurricane irma. the storm was on a track to wallop puerto rico...






postcards from an island of ruin: puerto rico after hurricane maria


photos show the devastation and the desperation in puerto rico in the aftermath of hurricane maria.






hurricane maria skirts turks and caicos as puerto rico endures fresh floodings


hurricane maria, the second major hurricane to wreak havoc in the caribbean this month, skirted by the turks and caicos islands on friday and was blamed for fresh flooding on puerto rico two days after ravaging the u.s. island territory. the storm, which ranked as the most powerful hurricane to stri...






puerto rico hopes u.s. waives historic bill restricting ships from providing hur


puerto rico governor ricardo rossello said that he expects the u.s. government to waive the jones act  in order to help victims of hurricane maria. 






first flights from puerto rico arrive at o’hare after hurricane maria


it was only a few weeks ago that 96-year-old virginia garcia recounted for her children how terrifying it was to endure the 1932 san ciprian hurricane as an 11-year-old girl in guayama, puerto rico. earlier this month, garcia died and her daughter angela garcia, of racine, wis., returned to puerto...






chicagoans' puerto rican relatives seek refuge here from hurricane's devastation


with only one piece of luggage, gloria lopez left her home in aguas buenas, puerto rico, to seek refuge with her daughter in the chicago area. lopez, who has lived in puerto rico for the past nine years, said she will eventually return but is uncertain when it will be safe to do so after hurricane...






rains from irma, the largest ever atlantic hurricane, begin to pound puerto rico


heavy rain and 185-mph winds lashed the virgin islands and puerto rico's northeast coast wednesday as hurricane irma roared through caribbean islands on its way to a possible hit on south florida. the strongest atlantic ocean hurricane ever measured destroyed homes and flooded streets across a...






‘people need to move fast’: puerto rico residents told to evacuate to storm shel


puerto rico was spared the worst of hurricane irma, which grazed the island and caused huge power blackouts but did not ravage the u.s. territory in the same way it did other islands. that will not be the case with hurricane maria, according to forecasters. the category 5 storm is barrelling towards...






hurricane maria tears through the eastern caribbean toward puerto rico


hurricane maria was churning towards puerto rico tuesday after devastating the caribbean island of dominica overnight, on track to hit several islands in between still reeling from hurricane irma’s damage earlier this month. maria made landfall in dominica with 160 mph winds that stripped roofs,...






'hysteria is starting to spread' in puerto rico after maria's direct hit


san juan, puerto rico – a humanitarian crisis grew saturday in puerto rico as towns were left without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service following hurricane maria’s devastating passage across the island.






hurricane maria victims in puerto rico struggle to connect with their families o


dozens of people on a highway in puerto rico resorted to parking their cars and walking around, cellphones in hand, trying to get a connection, nearly a week after hurricane maria left much of the island incommunicado. “i’m trying to do web cam but it doesn’t work, so i’m trying to text,” said...






hurricane maria tears through the eastern caribbean toward puerto rico


hurricane maria devastated the caribbean island of dominica on tuesday, on track to hit several islands still reeling from hurricane irma’s damage earlier this month, as it churned toward puerto rico. maria made landfall in dominica with 160 mph winds that sheared off roofs, including the prime...






broncos’ max garcia, whose has in puerto rico, helping with hurricane maria reli


for days hurricane maria ripped through puerto rico, max garcia was unable to reach family members residing on the island.