Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm, caused severe damage to Puerto Rico when it struck the island on early Wednesday morning, September 20th, with winds up to 155 miles an hour. It was the most powerful storm to hit the island in nearly a century.
Only about 50% of the houses on the island were covered by insurance policies.1
The storm destroyed the island’s electricity infrastructure and crippled its cellular grid, which greatly impeded the coordination of relief efforts. Without electricity, internet service, and practically no telephone service, a nightly curfew was imposed and there was a need for armed escorts for fuel deliveries. Continue Reading