Florida top destination for Puerto Ricans moving last year
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida was the top destination for Puerto Ricans moving to the U.S. mainland last year in the aftermath of the devastation left by Hurricane Maria.
Puerto Rico faces slow recovery 2 years after Maria
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Weekly power outages. Hundreds of uncleared landslides. More than 25,000 homes with blue tarps as roofs.
Recovery from Hurricane Maria has been slow as Puerto...
FEMA officials, contractor accused of hurricane relief fraud
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities said Tuesday they have arrested two former officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the former president of a major disaster relief...
Correction: Puerto Rico-Hurricane Evacuees story
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — In a story Sept. 8 about housing aid for Puerto Rican storm evacuees, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of a legislator who voted against allocating money...
Puerto Ricans who fled to Florida from storm face new storm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jose Santiago was worried about his two adult daughters as Hurricane Dorian threatened Puerto Rico midweek.
But when the island dodged a direct hit from the storm, his...
Dorian aims for US, causes limited damage in Caribbean
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Dorian caused limited damage in the northern Caribbean as it left the region Wednesday night, setting its sights on the U.S. mainland as it threatened to...
TS Dorian expected to strengthen, could hit Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Dorian made a last-minute shift in its path on Tuesday, threatening Puerto Rico with a direct hit as forecasters said it could reach near-hurricane...
Businesses learn hard lessons when not prepared for disaster
NEW YORK (AP) — When Hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico in September 2017, Carlos Melendez couldn't contact the staffers or customers of his San Juan-based technology firm, Wovenware.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's governor and community groups are gathering to discuss the state's efforts to assist Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricane Maria.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Puerto Rico (all times local):
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says he is resigning effective Aug. 2 in...
Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans demand governor resign
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Waving flags, chanting and banging pots and pans, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans jammed a highway Monday to demand the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló in a...
Besieged Puerto Rico governor goes quiet amid protests
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — In the Spanish colonial fortress that serves as his official residence, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is under siege.
Puerto Ricans try to forge movement to oust governor
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Cruise passengers drifted through the streets of Old San Juan Thursday as shop owners took plywood down from store windows and painted over graffiti demanding Gov....
New life, new home, after the storm
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — After Hurricane Maria flooded her home in Dorado, Puerto Rico, Cristina Fuentes, her husband and three children fled to the mainland to begin a new life full of...
Report calls on FCC to probe storm aftermath in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A consumer activist group released a report Tuesday outlining the collapse in communications that beset Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and it urged the U.S....
BERLIN (AP) — The latest on May Day events and rallies around the world (all times local):
Thousands of Puerto Ricans marched to the rhythm of traditional music and...
Puerto Rico gov slams Trump, seeks swifter storm recovery
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor pledged on Wednesday to lift the U.S. territory from a deep recession by creating more jobs, reversing a migration exodus and implementing a...
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Puerto Rico to demolish 16K structures damaged by Maria
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's government says it plans to demolish 16,000 structures that were heavily damaged by Hurricane Maria nearly two years ago.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — New Census Bureau data shows Puerto Rico lost nearly 4% of its population after Hurricane Maria — the greatest population drop in the recorded history of the island,...
Puerto Rico is rebounding after Hurricane Maria
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nearly two years after a deadly hurricane season, tourists are visiting Puerto Rico in record numbers as the U.S. territory continues to rebuild from Hurricane...
Puerto Ricans struggle to buy food amid funding shortfall
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) — Iraida Vargas can no longer afford the two kinds of insulin her aging mother needs and has stopped buying fresh fruit and vegetables as billions of dollars in federal...
Puerto Rico to take over storm fund reimbursement from FEMA
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal officials say they are giving Puerto Rico's government greater authority to issue hurricane recovery funds, a measure that should help speed reimbursement for...
Last customers being reconnected to Puerto Rico power grid
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Crews shut down generators Wednesday that have powered an island off Puerto Rico's coast — the last customers to be reconnected to the U.S. territory's main power...
Puerto Rico lures tech developers as hurricane season looms
ISABELA, Puerto Rico (AP) — In the dark and isolating days after Hurricane Maria, people across Puerto Rico invented new ways to communicate: Elderly couples in need of food or water would raise a...
Puerto Rico looks to rebuild with AI, ‘internet of things’
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor said Monday that he hopes a new technology center can help the U.S. territory incorporate artificial intelligence and internet -connected devices...
Puerto Rico Gov: Trump refuses meeting over hurricane relief
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has refused to meet privately with Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello, the governor said Friday, as he condemned the Trump administration for not providing...
Study: Puerto Ricans had tougher time in Florida after storm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A new study says Puerto Ricans who moved to Florida instead of remaining on the island may have had a more difficult time adjusting to their post-Hurricane Maria world.
The study by researchers at the University of Miami and Boston University says the post-hurricane adjustment appears to have been more psychologically taxing for Puerto Ricans who moved to Florida instead of staying, and for people in rural and suburban areas compared to urban dwellers.
Panel discussion on lessons Hurricane Maria at U Albany
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A panel discussion on the lessons of Hurricane Maria is being held at the University at Albany.
Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm in September 2017, causing more than an estimated $100 billion in damage.
University at Albany President Havidan Rodríguez will lead a panel Monday night to discuss the humanitarian crisis and lessons for the future.
Manchester company hires Puerto Rican workers after storm
MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — Growing up in Puerto Rico, Christian Arroyo dreamed of one day living in Alaska.
Living in the more tropical environment of his hometown, Ponce, one of the larger cities on the island, Arroyo envisioned basking in more frigid weather coupled with vast countryside.
Then, in September 2017, Hurricane Maria struck the island, devastating Ponce and leaving Arroyo and his family without electricity for months.
"It turned us upside down," he said. "Everything was different."
Elizabeth Warren pledges help during visit to Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren promised to help rebuild Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and support laws to give the U.S. territory equal treatment and debt relief as she condemned President Donald Trump during a visit Tuesday to the island, which has become an obligatory stop for potential and presidential candidates.
Julian Castro visits Puerto Rico in bid for presidency
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. presidential candidate Julian Castro joined dozens of high-profile Latinos in Puerto Rico on Monday to talk about mobilizing voters ahead of the 2020 elections and increasing Latino political representation to take on President Donald Trump.
To ovations, Hamilton’s star reprises role in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised his lead role in the hit musical "Hamilton" to start a two-week run in Puerto Rico expected to raise millions of dollars for artists and cultural groups struggling in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Power outages, flooding hits Puerto Rico, USVI amid storms
HUMACAO, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were hit by power outages and widespread flooding Monday as remnants of the Atlantic season's first hurricane provided an initial test of how far they have recovered from last year's devastating storms.
More than 47,000 customers in Puerto Rico lost electricity at the peak of the bad weather, but that number had dropped to 13,000 late in the afternoon as crews rushed to restore power. Some 8,600 customers were left without water.
Remnant of Tropical Storm Beryl dissipates after Dominica
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The remnant of Tropical Storm Beryl swept over Dominica on Sunday night then dissipated, easing the threat to other eastern Caribbean islands recovering from last year's deadly hurricanes.
The storm crossed directly over Dominica more than nine months after Hurricane Maria hit the island as a Category 5 storm and killed dozens of people.
There were no immediate reports on any damage on Dominica from the latest storm.
Beryl weakens to tropical storm en route to Caribbean
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Beryl weakened to a tropical storm Saturday but was still expected to dump heavy rain over the Lesser Antilles at the end of the weekend on its way to the eastern Caribbean, bringing a new threat to islands still rebuilding from last year's storms.
Hurricane Beryl forms in Atlantic, heads for east Caribbean
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Atlantic season's first hurricane, Beryl, formed Friday and headed for a weekend push into the eastern Caribbean, threatening islands still struggling to recover from last year's storms.
Puerto Rico faces austerity measures amid budget wrangling
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — New austerity measures are looming for storm-battered Puerto Rico after local legislators refused to alter labor laws as demanded by a federal control board that said changes would stimulate the U.S. territory's economy amid an 11-year recession.
Hurricane Katrina survivor gives back to Puerto Rico
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — When Jazzmine McKee landed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in May, all she could see for miles and miles was blue tarps.
She immediately began to cry.
McKee lost her father, Edmund, in Hurricane Katrina. She was 15 years old when the deadly storm took her father and their New Orleans home. Almost 13 years later, the sight of roof tarps was almost too much to bear.
"Anybody from any kind of hurricane knows what that means," she said. "That's the universal sign of damage."
Puerto Rico gov signs bill to privatize power company assets
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor signed a historic bill Wednesday to privatize the U.S. territory's troubled power company in a move many hope will help minimize power outages that have followed Hurricane Maria and stabilize the production and distribution of energy amid an 11-year-old recession.
Many in Puerto Rico still under tarps as storm threat looms
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — 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 storm season already two weeks old.
Puerto Rico struggles with jump in asthma cases post-Maria
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Shortly after he turned 2, Yadriel Hernandez started struggling to breathe. His doctor prescribed an inhaler and an allergy pill for asthma, and his symptoms were mostly under control.
Then Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, strewing mold-producing wreckage across the island and forcing many to use fume-spewing generators for power. The boy, now 8, started having twice-monthly attacks and needing nearly four times the amount of medicine he used to take.
Puerto Rico issues new data on Hurricane Maria deaths
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Eight days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Efrain Perez felt a pain in his chest.
Doctors near his small town sent him to Puerto Rico's main hospital for emergency surgery for an aortic aneurysm. But when the ambulance pulled into the parking lot in the capital, San Juan, after a more than two-hour drive, a doctor ran out to stop it.
How do you count deaths from a hurricane?
NEW YORK (AP) — How many people died in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria?
It's a question that has been debated since the powerful storm slammed into the island and devastated the U.S. territory last year. It's also raised questions about how officials go about the challenging task of counting deaths and deciding what criteria to use.
Someone who is killed by a storm-toppled tree, yes. But someone electrocuted by downed power lines many days later?
Puerto Rican Day Parade displays post-hurricane pride
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Puerto Rican Parade in New York turned into its usual boisterous celebration Sunday, but many participants also saw it as an occasion to express their more somber concerns over the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
Puerto Rican Day Parade to shine light on hurricane struggle
NEW YORK (AP) — There will be floats, musicians and brightly colored costumes when the Puerto Rican Day Parade makes its way along Fifth Avenue this Sunday, as there always are.
But amid all the fun and celebration planned on Sunday, organizers and participants want to keep a spotlight on something serious — that months after Hurricane Maria roared over Puerto Rico, and as the next hurricane season arrives, the U.S. island territory is still struggling.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's governor is calling for a federal investigation into the U.S. government's response to the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico.
Democrat Andrew Cuomo proposed the idea on Thursday. Cuomo has traveled to Puerto Rico three times since Hurricane Maria knocked out power and caused widespread damage on the island.
He has called the federal response a "national disgrace" that led to greater loss of lives.
New ad: Florida Gov. Scott is the one helping Puerto Rico
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott says in a new campaign ad he is the one politician who is helping hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, but his aides are quick to add he is not taking shots at his fellow Republican and good friend President Donald Trump.
Puerto Rico to release storm death data after court ruling
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's government said Tuesday it will comply with a court ruling that orders officials to release all death certificates issued after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory amid allegations that the official death toll of 64 is severely undercounted.