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Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

Nathalia Meza

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Last week, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico with winds of 155 miles an hour, leaving the United States commonwealth on the lip of a humanitarian crisis. The storm left 80 percent of crop value destroyed, 60 percent of the island without water and almost the entire island without power. (picture below).

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Puerto Rico power before and after Hurricane Maria.

Though Hurricane Maria had dropped from a Category 5 to a Category 4 storm by the time it got t reached Puerto Rico, it was more than powerful enough to rip apart roads. Puerto Rico barely had a minute to recover from being grazed by Hurricane Irma when Maria got to the island. Maria was one of the strongest and most powerful storms ever recorded in the Caribbean; her eye spanned the entire Puerto Rican territory.d strip trees as it cut a path across the island.

Puerto Rico is still in a state of acute emergency: Residents are trapped in sweltering high-rise buildings; hospitals cannot safely store medicines that need to be kept cold; 70,000 residents in the northwest of the island have been ordered to evacuate because the Guajataca Dam is on the verge of collapse.

Once the more immediate crisis has been alleviated, Puerto Rico will stare down the daunting task of rebuilding, and reimagining what cities’ defenses should look like. And that should be an opportunity for a complete reimagining of Puerto Rico’s energy system, which uses some of the least unsustainable fuels at some of the highest costs in the US, says Otis Rolley, the 100 Resilient Cities regional director for North America.

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