NATURAL DISASTERS – The Hurricane is the Easy Part – Cyclone Destroys Puerto Rico, Relief Supplies Stuck on Trucks, Humanitarian Disaster Expands, 59+ Killed, 100s Rescued
Puerto Rico – The Hurricanes are the easy part. One week after the cyclone – Survival following the season’s second hurricane, Maria, which destroyed or damaged most structures, electric, and water supply, has been slowed by the inland distribution of relief supplies. According to Puerto Rico’s Governor, there are not enough licensed truck drivers to move supplies.
Navy deploys hospital ship “Comfort” to Puerto Rico.
via wiki – As of September 25, the hurricane has caused at least 59 deaths: 27 in Dominica, 5 in the Dominican Republic, 2 in Guadeloupe, 3 in Haiti, 24 in Puerto Rico, and 1 in the United States Virgin Islands.
Originating from a tropical wave that the National Hurricane Center began monitoring on September 13, Maria developed into a tropical storm on September 16 east of the Lesser Antilles, with steady strengthening occurring. In remarkably favorable conditions for further development, on September 18, Maria underwent explosive intensification, doubling its sustained wind speed from 80 mph (130 km/h) to 160 mph (260 km/h), becoming a Category 5 hurricane, making the 2017 season the first since 2007 to feature two Category 5 hurricanes, and one of only six Atlantic hurricane seasons to feature two or more Category 5 hurricanes in the satellite era. When Maria made landfall at this strength at Dominica the following day, it became the first Category 5 hurricane to strike Dominica, and made 2017 the second season (after 2007) to feature two hurricanes making landfall at Category 5 intensity. After briefly weakening to Category 4 status, Maria reintensified to attain peak winds of 175 mph (280 km/h) and a minimum central pressure of 908 mbar (hPa; 26.85 inHg), becoming the tenth most intense Atlantic hurricane on record. For 2017, this central pressure is the lowest worldwide thus far. Succeeding peak intensity, an eyewall replacement cycle caused Maria to weaken to a high-end Category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 mph (250 km/h) before making landfall in Puerto Rico, making Maria the strongest to hit the territory since the 1928 San Felipe hurricane, as well as the most intense hurricane (in terms of central pressure) to hit the territory in recorded history, and the most intense to make landfall anywhere in the United States (including locations outside of the Lower 48) since Hurricane Camille in 1969. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Maria#Current_storm_information