Students and teachers at a San Juan, Puerto Rico, school that had gone without electricity for 112 days since Hurricane Maria struck the island was able to share a special moment on January 11 when the lights finally came back on. Academia Bautista de Puerto Nuevo posted video to its Facebook page of students and teachers running around with joy when the electricity started to work again. The video showed a glimpse into classrooms where young students could be seen jumping up and down as they celebrated.
New aerial footage from the National Weather Service shows the scale of the damage wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The footage from eastern and central Puerto Rico shows the devastation the Category 4 hurricane caused to entire neighborhoods, solar farms, and forests when it made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20. Puerto Rico is still recovering from the impact of the worst hurricane in a century to strike the Caribbean island. More than 80 percent of residents remain without power, and some schools only reopened on Tuesday, October 24, almost five weeks after the hurricane struck.
National Hurricane Center forecasters said Wednesday the tropical system off Central America could still intensify as it crosses warm Caribbean waters but is now expected to encounter a cold front packing strong upper level winds on Sunday.
US Postal Inspector Eliezar Julian shows a broken Priority Mail box caused by the weight of the items inside at the cargo area of the San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín Airport in Puerto Rico on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
A shelter manager says that many children are struggling with the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria. "Sometimes you see them, they are drifting," she said. She and others are trying to help hurricane survivors in the Caribbean cope with the emotional toll left behind by the hurricanes.
A convoy comprised of the Coast Guard, FEMA, and the U.S. Army delivered eight pallets of food and water to the mountainous region of Villalba, Puerto Rico, in support of Hurricane Maria relief efforts Oct. 10, 2017. As part of the Department of Homeland Security team, the Coast Guard is linked directly to FEMA and the overall federal hurricane recovery phase of the response to Hurricane Maria.
Ophelia has become the 10th consecutive storm to grow to hurricane strength in the Atlantic Ocean, tying a record set in the late 1800s. It poses no threat to the United States but it's moving towards Ireland.
A Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew delivers food and water to survivors of Hurricane Maria near Utuado, Puerto Rico, Oct. 10, 2017. Personnel operating out of Air Station Borinquen have been helping deliver supplies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to remote areas stranded by mudslides and washed out roads.
Ophelia could become the 10th consecutive storm to grow to hurricane strength in the Atlantic Ocean this season, tying a record set in the late 1800s. Earlier this year NOAA predicted more hurricanes than usual this season.
The Coast Guard Cutter Forward was diverted from a counter drug operation to respond to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. As part of the Department of Homeland Security team, the Coast Guard is linked directly to FEMA and the overall federal hurricane response.