Hurricane Maria Categories: 09-September, Hurricanes Timelines: Natural Disasters

Hurricane Maria Lashes Puerto Rico - NASA

Hurricane Maria Lashes Puerto Rico (Credit: NASA)


September 19, 2017:

As category 4 hurricane, Maria “made landfall in southeast Puerto Rico after striking the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix. Maria’s high winds caused widespread devastation to Puerto Rico’s transportation, agriculture, communication and energy infrastructure. Extreme rainfall up to 37 inches caused widespread flooding and mudslides across the island. The interruption to commerce and standard living conditions will be sustained for a long period, as much of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure is rebuilt. Maria tied Hurricane Wilma (2005) for the most rapid intensification, strengthening from tropical depression to a category 5 storm in 54 hours. ” — NOAA: Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

Impact:

  • CPI-Adjusted Estimated Cost: $90 billion
  • Deaths: 4,645

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