What impact did Hurricane Maria have?
The storm left thousands of families without homes and destroyed some communities entirely. In August 2018, the Puerto Rican government raised the official death toll to an estimated 2,975 people — 46 times higher than the original count of 64 deaths, released in December 2017.
How did Hurricane Maria affect Puerto Rico?
Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico with 155 mph (249 kph) winds, and its center spent eight hours over the U.S. territory, obliterating the electricity grid and causing more than an estimated $100 billion in damage. An estimated 2,975 people died in the storm’s aftermath.
What were the short term effects of Hurricane Maria?
Field observations and remotely sensed data revealed that both storms caused significant defoliation of the island’s forests, with Irma causing damage in the northwest corner of the island and Maria defoliating forests and toppling trees across the island [1–3].
What countries were affected by Hurricane Maria?
- Antigua and Barbuda.
- Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba (The Netherlands)
- British Virgin Islands.
- Dominican Republic.