Puerto Rico News

Puerto Rico Earthquake Aftermath Deepens as Government Seeks Help

SAN JUAN — More than 2,000 people in shelters. Nearly one million without power. Hundreds of thousands without water. The aftermath of a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that killed one person, injured nine others and severely damaged infrastructure in Puerto Rico’s southwest …

Puerto Ricans Left Homeless After Biggest Quake in a Century

GUANICA, Puerto Rico — Cars, cots and plastic chairs became temporary beds for hundreds of families who lost their homes in southwest Puerto Rico as a flurry of earthquakes struck the island, one of them the strongest in a century. …

Homes Damaged by 5.8-Magnitude Quake in Puerto Rico

GUANICA, Puerto Rico — A 5.8-magnitude quake hit Puerto Rico before dawn Monday, unleashing small landslides, causing power outages and severely cracking some homes. It was one of the strongest quakes yet to hit the U.S. territory that has been …

FEMA Officials Charged With Puerto Rico Hurricane Aid Fraud

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials who oversaw the reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid and the former president of Cobra Acquisitions were arrested on fraud and conspiracy charges linked to recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria, according to federal prosecutors. FEMA’s …

Update: Hurricane Dorian Gathers Force As It Heads for Florida

Dorian is gathering force as it aims to become the first major hurricane to slam into the Florida’s east coast in 15 years, with winds of at least 115 miles per hour and drenching rains. The hurricane’s center was located …

Dorian Set to Lash Puerto Rico Before Hitting Florida Coast

Tropical Storm Dorian is about to lash Puerto Rico with torrential rains, and then is expected to gain strength and become the first major hurricane to hit Florida’s east coast in 15 years. Chances are increasing that the storm will …

Dorian Sets Course Toward Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Florida

Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to strengthen, potentially approaching hurricane status by the time it gets to Puerto Rico Wednesday, but it won’t pack the same punch as other storms in recent years. Dorian was about 15 miles (24 kilometers) …

Storm Dorian Barrels West, Barbados Gets Ready for Impact

BRIDGETOWN, Barbado — Tropical Storm Dorian gathered speed on Monday as it barreled west towards Barbados, where people began preparing for the onset of heavy wind and rain, and officials advised the public to stay indoors. The small tropical cyclone …

Congress Passes $19 Billion in Disaster Aid, Sends Bill to Trump

The House cleared a $19 billion disaster-aid plan for areas hit by hurricanes, Midwest floods and California wildfires on Monday after months of negotiations and a final delay of more than a week caused by Republican objections. The bill, passed …

Senate Passes $19.1 Billion Relief Package for Natural Disasters

The Senate passed a $19.1 billion disaster-aid plan Thursday for areas hit by hurricanes, Midwest floods and California wildfires after lawmakers resolved months of disagreement over funds for Puerto Rico. President Donald Trump said he supports the bill. The 85-8 …