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Hurricane Maria: Immediate Impact and Response

Edwin Meléndez and Kathya Severino

Hurricane Maria has been the worst storm to hit Puerto Rico since San Felipe Segundo in 1928. On September 20, 2017, Maria struck Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm, with sustained winds blowing at 145 mph and peaking at 155 mph as it made landfall. The northwest trajectory of the storm assured that the entire island would be affected.

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