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Investigation: Actual Death Toll From Hurricane Maria Is Close to 1,000 in Puerto Rico

Investigation: Actual Death Toll From Hurricane Maria Is Close to 1,000 in Puerto Rico

The official death toll from Hurricane Maria has risen to 64, Puerto Rican authorities announced Saturday, factoring in two additional “indirect” deaths from the storm to previously announced numbers. However, the official number of deaths, which critics say is suspiciously low considering the damage from the storm, is coming under some scrutiny: both a Center […]

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    Whitefish Charges Puerto Rico $319 an Hour for Linemen, Then Pays Them $63 an Hour

    Whitefish Charges Puerto Rico $319 an Hour for Linemen, Then Pays Them $63 an Hour

    Whitefish Energy, the controversial energy firm repairing Puerto Rico‘s hurricane-wrecked power grid, is under fresh scrutiny for charging the island’s power authority hundreds of dollars more per hour than its linemen receive. The New York Times reported that the tiny Montana-based company—which doesn’t have many of its own employees—contracted electrical workers from Florida at rates […]

    Why Solar ‘Microgrids’ Are Not a Cure-All for Puerto Rico’s Power Woes

    Why Solar ‘Microgrids’ Are Not a Cure-All for Puerto Rico’s Power Woes

    By Peter Fox-Penne In addition to its many other devastating human consequences, Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico with its power grid in ruins. Power was knocked out throughout the island, with an estimated 80 percent of its transmission and distribution wires incapacitated. When hospitals and other critical users could not get backup […]

    Hearing with San Juan Mayor Cancelled, Puerto Rico Confirms 911 Post-Maria Cremations

    Hearing with San Juan Mayor Cancelled, Puerto Rico Confirms 911 Post-Maria Cremations

    The House Committee on Homeland Security abruptly cancelled Wednesday’s hearing with FEMA Administrator Brock Long on the federal government’s response and recovery efforts for recent disasters, including hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the wildfires in the West. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who has been highly critical President Trump and FEMA’s relief efforts […]

    Controversy Remains After Cancellation of Whitefish Energy’s Puerto Rico Contract

    Controversy Remains After Cancellation of Whitefish Energy’s Puerto Rico Contract

    Puerto Rico‘s electric power authority (PREPA) has cancelled Whitefish Energy Holdings’ controversial $300 million contract to help rebuild the U.S. territory’s Hurricane Maria-wrecked power grid. The small Montana-based power company said it was “very disappointed” with the decision which came after Gov. Ricardo Rosselló called on PREPA to “immediately” cancel the deal. Many questions have […]

    I’m a Librarian in Puerto Rico, and This Is My Hurricane Maria Survival Story

    I’m a Librarian in Puerto Rico, and This Is My Hurricane Maria Survival Story

    By Evelyn Milagros Rodriguez, University of Puerto Rico—Humacao I’ve always been fascinated by storms, particularly Puerto Rico‘s own history of them. I think it’s because I was born in September 1960 during Hurricane Donna. In its wake, that storm left more than 100 dead in Humacao, the city where I am now a special collections […]

    Puerto Rico Continues to Suffer Worst Electricity Failure in U.S. History

    Puerto Rico Continues to Suffer Worst Electricity Failure in U.S. History

    Hurricane Maria caused the largest blackout in U.S. history, according to a new report. An analysis released this week from the Rhodium Group finds that the hurricane caused a net loss of 1.25 billion hours of electricity since hitting Puerto Rico on Sept. 20—the largest in recorded history. Nine of the 10 most severe power […]