Hurricane Maria News

Puerto Rico Unveils New Emergency Preparation Plans

Puerto Rico’s governor said Tuesday that his administration has adopted new measures to better prepare for a disaster like Hurricane Maria although he warned of limitations given the U.S. territory’s economic crisis. Gov. Ricardo Rossello said two warehouses filled with …

Foul Odor Reported From FEMA Trailers Holding Post-Maria Dead

Residents and visitors to one San Juan neighborhood recently noticed an alarming new smell coming from a parking lot near Puerto Rico’s forensic sciences department, raising concerns that it could be the bodies of those who perished in the tumultuous …

Housing Extended for 1,700 Puerto Rican Hurricane Evacuees

A judge ordered federal emergency officials to extend vouchers for temporary hotel housing for nearly 1,700 Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees, saying ending the program could cause irreparable harm. Saturday night’s decision came shortly after civil rights group LatinoJustice PRLDEF filed …

Many Tarps Remain in Puerto Rico as New Storm Season Looms

Hurricane Maria ripped away part of the steel roof from Carmen Lidia Torres Mercado’s home in the Puerto Rican capital. Nine months later, she is still relying on a blue plastic tarp to protect her home, even with a new …

Study Says Hurricane Maria Far Deadlier Than Katrina

Hurricane Maria probably killed about 5,000 people in Puerto Rico last year even though the official count remains at just 64, according to a Harvard University study released Tuesday. Such mortality would far outstrip the 1,833 who died in Hurricane …

Puerto Rico Ramps up Disaster Preparedness as Hurricane Season Nears

Federal and local officials said Thursday that they are stockpiling radios, food, water and generators in Puerto Rico and demanding rigorous emergency training to prepare the U.S. territory for dealing with any catastrophic storm as the Atlantic hurricane season approaches. …

Excavator Blamed for Island-Wide Blackout in Puerto Rico

An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday after an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line, officials said, as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said it could …

FEMA Faulted for Failed Contracts to Deliver Hurricane Aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded contracts for hurricane supplies without adequately researching whether winning bidders could deliver what they promised, according to a new investigation by Democrats on a Senate oversight committee. The investigation followed disclosures by The Associated …

US Awards $18.5B in Disaster Recovery Grants to Puerto Rico

The U.S. government announced Tuesday that it will award $18.5 billion worth of disaster recovery grants to Puerto Rico to help repair homes, businesses and its crumbling power grid as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria. It …

Emails Reveal FEMA’s Silence as Puerto Rico Sought Generator Fuel

As hundreds of people stood in line for food and many went hungry during the days and weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Walmart Inc. and local supermarkets threw out tons of spoiled meat, dairy and produce. Emails and …