PUERTO RICO — Hurricane Maria crossed Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017. The category 4 hurricane with winds near 155 mph – almost a Category 5 - crippled the island’s power grid, caused nearly 3,000 deaths and damages was near 90 billion U.S. dollars.
About 80% of the islands crop value was destroyed. Maria was the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years in what was a very active hurricane season.
Maria followed Cat. 4 hurricane Harvey’s hit on Texas a month earlier and Cat. 5 hurricane Irma’s hit on Cuba and Florida less than two weeks earlier.
In the months after Maria, about 130,000 Puerto Ricans left their home country. Some immigrated to the U.S. including Jonathan Cardona, an employee of CBS47/Fox30 Action News Jax.
Jonathan’s family stayed in their home on the north coast of Puerto Rico as Maria pummeled their town. Jonathan spent a few minutes with Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh showing pictures of and telling stories about hurricane Maria 5 years ago.
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And you can check out “Talking the Tropics With Mike” for a recap of the hyper active ‘17 hurricane season.