36 Facts About Hurricane Maria

1. Hurricane Maria is estimated to have caused $100 billion in damage.

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2. Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island on Sept 19, 2017, and Trump visited Puerto Rico on Oct 3, 2017.

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3. Hurricane Maria directly hit both Dominica and Puerto Rico with catastrophic sustained winds, but in some spots, heavy rainfall caused just as much damage.

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4. Hurricane Maria made landfall with winds of 165 mph, or a low-end Category 5 hurricane, late Sept 18 on the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean.

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5. Hurricane Maria was one of the biggest to strike Dominica and Puerto Rico over the last century, and it came as the third part of a trio of Category 4 hurricane strikes on US soil.

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6. Hurricane Maria reached maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour in Puerto Rico according to Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center.

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7. Hurricane Maria made landfall as a high-end Category 4 storm on Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017.

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8. Hurricane Maria is expected to move slowly through midweek, which will prolong and possibly enhance the impacts to eastern North Carolina.

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9. Hurricane Maria is churning northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands with top sustained winds of 125 mph.

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10. Hurricane Maria is moving away from the Turks and Caicos Islands as a powerful Category 3 storm.

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11. The US National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Maria still has maximum sustained winds of 125 mph.

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12. The US National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Maria continues to have maximum sustained winds of 125 mph.

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13. Hurricane Maria was heading toward the Turks and Caicos Islands Thursday morning, the National Hurricane Center said.

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14. Hurricane Maria has strengthened slightly as it nears the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas.

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15. Hurricane Maria is expected to bring 20 to 30 inches of rain through Saturday to Puerto Rico, the National Hurricane Center said.

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16. Hurricane Maria is moving northwest near 9 mph with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph.

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17. Hurricane Maria left millions of people in Puerto Rico facing the dispiriting prospect of weeks and perhaps months without electricity.

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18. Hurricane Maria lashed the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic on Thursday after leaving a path of destruction in Puerto Rico.

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19. Hurricane Maria comes in the wake of the devastating hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and is developing at the same time as Hurricane Jose and tropical storms Norma and Lee.

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20. Hurricane Maria is "likely to affect" Puerto Rico as a "dangerous major hurricane", warns the center.

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21. Hurricane Maria has many elements of a "catastrophic event", and not just a disaster, says Tricia Wachtendorf, a professor of sociology at the University of Delaware who studies disaster relief.

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22. From a meteorological standpoint, Hurricane Maria was nearly a worst-case scenario for the territory: The center of a huge, nearly Category 5 hurricane made a direct hit on Puerto Rico, lashing the island with wind and rain for longer than 30 hours.

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23. Hurricane Maria flattened crops in Puerto Rico, and Secretary of Agriculture, Carlos Flores Ortega, estimated a $780 million loss in agriculture yields across the territory.

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24. Hurricane Maria knocked out the power grid in Puerto Rico, leaving millions without electricity.

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25. Hurricane Maria hit Dominica and the US Virgin Islands, and the whole region remains in recovery from Hurricane Irma.

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26. Hurricane Maria inflicted widespread damage across Puerto Rico, with virtually the whole island left without power or cell service.

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27. Hurricane Maria was the worst storm to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years, and arrived only two weeks after Hurricane Irma passed just north of the island and left 1 million people without power.

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28. Hurricane Maria destroyed and damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, according to officials.

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29. Hurricane Maria caused widespread flooding in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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30. Hurricane Maria hit the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Turks and Caicos, causing widespread flooding.

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31. Hurricane Maria was the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in Dominica.

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32. Hurricane Maria forced Allende, 59, to flee her home in Loiza for San Antonio, Texas, along with her husband, mother and sister.

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33. Hurricane Maria had a $43 billion impact on the US territory's economy, $1 billion more than originally estimated, according to an island government report.

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34. Puerto Rico lost $43 billion after Hurricane Maria, according to govt.

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35. Hurricane Maria stirred up rough seas that flooded coastal sidewalks in Bridgetown and damaged boats as operators had difficulties securing their vessels.

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36. Hurricane Maria is the deadliest hurricane in Dominica since the 1834 Padre Ruiz hurricane, and the deadliest in Puerto Rico since the 1899 San Ciriaco hurricane.

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