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One year later, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands still struggle to recover from Hurricane Maria

Ken Smith, WRAL anchor/reporterSeptember 21, 2018

It’s been one year since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and many areas still struggling said they challenges people faced have help them grow as a community.

One year ago, Hurricane Maria changed Puerto Rico and changed lives on the island.

“Some people are doing the best they can,” Puerto Rico native Jorge Santana said.

The storm was the second of a one-two punch for the Virgin Islands, where Hurricane Irma hit two weeks earlier.

The owners of Neuse River Brewing in Raleigh used to live on St. Thomas and still have friends and family there.

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