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RECOVERY FROM HURRICANE FIONA CUTS TO THE HEART OF US-PUERTO RICO RELATIONS

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Hurricane Fiona dropped 30 inches of rain on Puerto Rico over the weekend, causing widespread, intense flooding on an island that was still recovering from 2017’s catastrophic Hurricane Maria.

The entire power grid went down in Puerto Rico, leaving the island’s 3 million residents without electricity. It wreaked havoc on antiquated infrastructure that has still not been updated since 2017’s Hurricane Maria, the most destructive storm in the island’s history. Hurricane Maria left 3,000 people dead–most of them after the initial storm as a nearly year-long power outage prolonged the impacts.

“It’s like this fog of depression is hitting the island,”

– Barreto

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