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Mental health concerns in aftermath of Puerto Rico hurricane

Mental health concerns in aftermath of Puerto Rico hurricane

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Locked out of his home and with nowhere else to go, Wilfredo Ortiz Marrero rode out Hurricane Maria inside a Jeep, which was lifted off its wheels by floodwaters in the parking lot. He then endured days without enough food or running water. The lights are back on at his residence for low-income elderly people in the San Juan suburb of Trujillo Alto, and food has started arriving, but he still waits as long as he can each night to leave the company of others in the lobby. Alone in his room, he sometimes starts to shake. "You get really depressed," he said Wednesday. The hurricane that pummeled Puerto Rico two weeks ago and the scarcity-marked aftermath are taking a toll on islanders' equilibrium. The U.S. territory's government counted two suicides among the death toll, which now stands at...
Hurricane Maria passing to the east of Bahamas

Hurricane Maria passing to the east of Bahamas

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Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Hurricane Maria began moving north away from the Caribbean on Friday after lashing many of the islands there over the past week, the National Hurricane Center said.A Category 3 storm, Maria was located 115 miles east-northeast of the Southeastern Bahamas and about 395 miles east-southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas. The storm was moving north-northwest at 9 mph, the NHC said in its 5 p.m. Friday advisory.Forecasters added that the hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph.A tropical storm warning was in effect for the Turks and Caicos Islands, Southeastern Bahamas and the Central Bahamas.Storm surge-related water levels were forecast to subside in the Turks and Caicos, and Bahamas as Maria moved north.Maria is not expected to make landfall again in the Caribbean, tho...
'Dangerous' Hurricane Maria now a category four

'Dangerous' Hurricane Maria now a category four

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Hurricane Maria has intensified into an "extremely dangerous" category four storm as it bears down on the Caribbean, according to forecasters.With maximum sustained winds of 130mph, the National Hurricane Centre says the storm is growing in strength as it approaches land.The eye of Maria is expected to pass near the island of Dominica on Monday evening - and hurricane warnings have been issued.There are also fears that territories battered by Hurricane Irma could face further destruction.Up to 51cm (20 inches) of rain could drench the British and US Virgin Islands on Wednesday night, as well as Puerto Rico and the Leeward Islands.Forecasters have warned these conditions could cause life-threatening floods and mudslides, and there is also a risk of a "dangerous storm surge accompanied by la...
Hurricane Max hits southern Mexico near Acapulco

Hurricane Max hits southern Mexico near Acapulco

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Hurricane Max hit Mexico's southern Pacific coast as a Category 1 storm Thursday and was expected to move inland into Guerrero state, a region that includes the resort city of Acapulco. The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for Max for the coastline between Zihuatanejo and Punta Maldonado. The center said Max should weaken as it moves over land but could bring "life-threatening flash floods and rainfall" to Guerrero and Oaxaca states. Max had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph), was located about 55 miles (90 kilometers) east-southeast of Acapulco and was heading toward the east at 8 mph (13 kph), the hurricane center reported. The area where Max is making landfall is a sparsely populated area dotted with fishing villages. Acapulco, about 30 miles (60 kilom...
Dozens of inmates on run after hurricane breakout

Dozens of inmates on run after hurricane breakout

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About 100 "very serious" prisoners have escaped from a jail on the British Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.The convicts pose a "serious threat of the complete breakdown of law and order" on the islands, according to foreign minister Sir Alan Duncan.Speaking to MPs in the Commons, Sir Alan said marines from RFA Mounts Bay were used to "protect the Governor and everything else about law and order" after the storm hit on Friday.He also revealed that more than 500,000 British nationals have been in the path of the hurricane, and nearly 1,000 British military personnel are now in the Caribbean to help with the relief effort.Image:Among the troops sent to the Caribbean were medics and engineers The announcement came as Boris Johnson travelled to the Caribbean to visit the Briti...