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How Devastated Puerto Rico Really Is, by the Numbers

Recently appointed FEMA administrator Brock Long characterized the ongoing humanitarian crisis there as “the most logistically challenging event the United States has seen.”

Josh Marcus

When Hurricane Maria—the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in 89 years—descended on the Caribbean island on September 20, with 30 inches of rain and 155 mph winds, the storm killed 16 people and left hundreds of thousands more without necessities like food, water, or medical care.

Since then, recently appointed FEMA administrator Brock Long characterized the ongoing humanitarian crisis there as "the most logistically challenging event the United States has seen"—although he caught some flack for the comment.

"We have been moving and pushing as fast as the situation allows," Long added in a statement on Sunday. President Trump will visit the devastated Caribbean island on Tuesday.
Maria struck just weeks after Hurricane Irma, the strongest storm to ever come out of the Atlantic, swept across Puerto Rico and knocked out power for more than one million of the island's residents.

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