When Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico in the fall of 2017, not everyone was surprised by the impacts. Professor Shane Hubbard of University of Wisconsin Atmospheric Sciences had been collaborating with emergency management officials in Puerto Rico for years. Hubbard’s modeling predicted flood impacts in particular San Juan neighborhoods, and he’s been working with […]
A new study shows that more than 4,000 Americans died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria last year. More than a third of those were due to a lack of health care due to power outages. The New England Journal of Medicine calls Hurricane Maria one of the deadliest natural disasters in […]
Jan talks to Radio Vieques (Puerto Rico) station manager, Robert Rabin, about hurricane and storm recovery on Vieques, the future of solar and wind-powered electrical, and Radio Vieques’ mission.
It’s been over two months since Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States. Yet, many of its residents are without fresh water, and half of the island is still without electricity. It’s estimated that over 300,000 Puerto Ricans, who are US citizens, left the island for the mainland. […]
In late October, The Daily Beast ran a story exposing the political connections of Whitefish Energy, an obscure company that somehow secured a $300 million contract to restore electricity in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. The contract was canceled a few days later, amid an explosion of public outrage and criticism from members of Congress. The journalist who reported and wrote […]
On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria slammed into the island of Puerto Rico, bringing with it wind gusts of at least 118 miles per hour and almost 38 inches of rain. The storm completely destroyed Puerto Rico’s electrical grid, leaving the Island’s entire population of 3.4 million without electricity. Waist-high flood waters filled the streets […]