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Hurricane Maria Strikes and Puerto Rico Goes Dark

Such was the sentiment across the island as the barrage of howling gusts and pounding rain did not cease from the early morning until evening.Francisco Ramirez, 23, weathered the storm inside the convenience store of a gas station in Guaynabo. […]

Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall in Puerto Rico


In Hurricane Irma’s Ruinous Wake: ‘I Feel Like I’m on the Moon’

Javorn Micheal Fahie, a taxi driver who lives on the largest of the British Virgin Islands, Tortola, said most of the galvanized steel roofs on homes in his neighborhood blew off in the storm.“We took a beating,” he said Wednesday from his concrete house in the Johnson’s Ghut area of the island, where he had been riding out the storm all day.Though the power on the island had gone out by 9 a.m., Mr. Fahie was able to stay connected via a Wi-Fi router in a bus he owns; it was parked next to his house, enabling him to continue using the internet from the safety of his home.Reporting was contributed by Kirk Semple from Mexico City, Megan Specia from New York, and Aurelien Breeden and Elian Peltier from Paris.A version of this article appears in print on September 8, 2017, on Page A18 of the New York edition with the headline: ‘I Feel Like I’m on the Moon’: Hurricane’s Toll on Paradise. Continue reading the main story […]

Hurricane Irma Live Updates: ‘Way Bigger Than Andrew,’ Florida Governor Warns

Residents of the United States Virgin Islands said Friday that the island of St. Thomas, which is the center of the chain’s cruise ship industry, had suffered significant damage from Hurricane Irma. At least four people died in the United States territory, the islands’ governor said.The extent of the destruction in much of the territory, including on St. John, is not yet known, because of the lack of phone service and electricity.The roofs of the government’s headquarters building on St. Thomas and the island’s only hospital were blown off, and a large number of homes on the island were destroyed or damaged, said Holland Redfield, a former Virgin Islands senator who now works as a radio talk show host.Tom Price, the United States health and human services secretary, said Friday that the hospital was closing and its patients were being transported to facilities on other islands. (See what the damage was like in this part of the Caribbean in photos and videos from the area and from firsthand accounts.)Irma, which also ripped apart buildings and boats on the island of St. John, left the island of St. Croix relatively unscathed, said Mr. Redfield, who rode out the storm on St […]

Live Briefing: Hurricane Irma Reaches Puerto Rico: ‘There Is Nothing Like This’

VideoHurricane Irma Pummels CaribbeanOne of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded has already caused damage on several islands.By CAMILLA SCHICK and ROBIN LINDSAY on Publish Date September 6, 2017.Photo by Rinsy Xieng/RCI Guadeloupe, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.Watch in Times Video »embed • Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, hit the eastern Caribbean on Wednesday with winds of up to 185 miles an hour.• The Category 5 storm leveled Barbuda, damaging 95 percent of its buildings and leaving the island “barely habitable.” It has since begun lashing Puerto Rico and is also threatening havoc and destruction in the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands will also be at risk on Thursday.• With two confirmed deaths in the French Caribbean, President Emmanuel Macron of France said there would be “victims to lament.” There was also at least one death in Anguilla, a British territory; one in the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda; and one in Puerto Rico, bringing the total to five so far.• President Trump declared a state of emergency in Florida, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. The storm is expected to reach Florida on Sunday, potentially causing catastrophic flooding.SEVERITY Category 5 4 3 2 1 Tropical storm• Sign up for the Morning Briefing for hurricane news and a daily look at what you need to know to begin your day.‘Barbuda is literally rubble,’ but Antigua is spared.Early on Wednesday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda said his nation had been spared the worst of the hurricane, declaring in a statement, “The essential point is that our main infrastructure has stood up and our country can resume normal life within hours.” He went so far as to add, “I dare to say that no other country in the Caribbean would have been as well prepared as we were.”This turned out to be stunningly inaccurate: While the damage in Antigua was not as severe as expected, Mr. Browne announced in the afternoon that 95 percent of all structures on its sister island, Barbuda, had been damaged or destroyed, rendering the island “barely habitable.” A telecommunications tower was broken in two. At least one person, an infant, was killed.Barbuda, home to about 1,600 people (3 percent of the country’s population), “is literally rubble,” the prime minister told ABS TV/Radio Antigua.VideoDevastation in BarbudaThe prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, described how the island of Barbuda was nearly leveled by Hurricane Irma.By ABS TELEVISION ANTIGUA on Publish Date September 6, 2017..In his initial statement Wednesday morning, Mr. Browne suggested he had been receiving reports from Barbuda. But he later clarified that, in fact, the storm had knocked out all official communication systems on the island, rendering officials there unreachable after the storm. As a result, it was not until the afternoon, when the prime minister surveyed Barbuda from the air, that the extent of the devastation became clear.“What I saw was heart-wrenching — I mean, absolutely devastating,” Mr […]

Deluged Texas Braces for More Rain, and Years of Recovery

In San Antonio, sprawling vacant warehouses had been turn into shelters that could hold more than 4,100 evacuees.How many residents had fled to hotels or the homes of friends or relatives was anyone’s guess.The City of Houston put out a call for doctors, nurses and social workers to go to the George R. Brown Convention Center, where thousands of people took shelter.At a school gym in San Antonio that had become a shelter for hundreds, people watched television coverage and searched social media feeds in hopes of collecting clues about the homes and neighbors they left behind. They dialed and redialed phone numbers that went straight to voice mail, or just rang, unanswered.Melanie Steele, 43, said she and her husband evacuated their home along a bayou in Houston’s Linkwood neighborhood with little more than their dog, Baxter, and a baggie of dog food. On Sunday night, she received an alert on her phone that the alarm had gone off in the house.“I’m assuming that means the water is pushing in” and that all she has is lost, she said as she sat in hotel room in Houston, hugging Baxter. “That literally put me into a tailspin.”GraphicMaps: Harvey’s Destructive Path Through TexasMaps and animated satellite imagery show the scale and reach of the storm.OPEN GraphicEight oil refineries, with about one-eighth of the nation’s refining capacity, shut down because of the storm, which could affect gas prices around the country. Both of Houston’s airports were closed, and hundreds of passengers were stranded.Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday night as a Category 4, the most powerful storm to strike the United States in more than a decade, and though it has been downgraded to a tropical storm, it lingered over the coastal region.By Monday, it had swamped the Houston region with more than 30 inches of rain in some places, and forecasters warned that the totals in some areas could top 50 inches before the storm moves on some time later this week.It is expected to move to the northeast, toward far eastern Texas and Louisiana, and bands of heavy rain were already lashing those regions. In New Orleans, which faced flooding earlier this month after heavy rains overwhelmed its drainage system, news that the far-flung storm could bring up to 10 inches of rain raised tension levels […]