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Hurricane Michael quickly intensified over warm Gulf of Mexico waters Tuesday amid fears it would strike Florida on Wednesday as an even stronger hurricane.

Many Caribbean beaches, such as this one in Martinique were untouched by hurricanes in 2017. Still, the Caribbean stands to lose $3 billion over the next four years.

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Despite a speedy recovery, the Caribbean is poised to lose billions of tourism dollars

The Caribbean could see losses totaling more than $3 billion during the next four years until visitor rates climb back to 2016 levels.

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - DECEMBER 23: A tree toppled by Hurricane Maria which damaged graves sits in the Villa Palmeras cemetery on December 23, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Barely three months after Hurricane Maria made landfall, approximately one-third of the devastated island is still without electricity. While the official death toll from the massive storm remains at 64, The New York Times recently reported the actual toll for the storm and its aftermath likely stands at more than 1,000. A recount was ordered by the governor as the holiday season approached. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

State Police troopers in Puerto Rico this Christmas

The troopers are supporting local law, security, and traffic enforcement on the island as it recovers from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The hottest Google search term in Boston this year was . . .

Search engine giant Google on Wednesday released its annual list of the top trending searches among Boston users.

Aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Catano, Puerto Rico.


The Caribbean needs tourists. A guide to traveling there after the hurricanes

Most of the islands were not affected and are open for business. But even the places hit hard could benefit from travelers.

MEMA to ship donations to Puerto Rico

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is set to load up to nine trucks with goods Monday morning.

Melissa Rogers, who is currently homeless, helps blow up balloons to decorate for the celebration.

Volunteers, homeless gather for Thanksgiving lunch

The nonprofit organization MANNA, along with Anglican monks, Muslims, and other volunteers, coordinated the “topsy-turvy” event.

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After Irma, Key West gets on with the business of pleasure

Six weeks after Hurricane Irma, Key West was remarkably intact and open for business.

29zobella - Katrina Bergman and Dr. Greg Mertz with Irma. (Bella English)

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Caught in a storm full of desperate animals

A local vet and partner find animals in a world of trouble as they vacation on St. Thomas during Hurricane Irma. Here’s what they did to help.

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 4, 2016 shows a man walking in a flooded street, in a neighbourhood of the commune of Cite Soleil, in the Haitian Capital Port-au-Prince. Haiti may have been largely spared from this year's worst hurricanes -- Harvey, Irma and Maria -- but it is still picking up the pieces from disastrous Matthew last year. That hurricane, which struck a year ago to the day, killed more than 500 people and caused two billion dollars in damage in the poorest country in the Americas. And the consquences are not over. The category 4 hurricane was the strongest to hit Haiti in a decade. Still, even though so many people died and so much damage was wrought, it did not change the way the country prepares for natural disasters. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images


Haitians still need protections from US

Will President Trump use many thousands of Haitians in the US as political props? We’re about to find out.

A woman was evacuated from a Hollywood, Fla., nursing home after the facility lost power — and air conditioning — during Hurricane Irma. Two more people who were staying at the facility have died, raising the death toll to 14.

2 more housed at doomed Fla. nursing home during Irma die

Francesca Andrade, 95, and Cecilia Franco, 90, were staying at the nursing home when the air conditioning went out.

The Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills, Fla.

9th person dies week after Florida nursing home evacuation

Police say a ninth person has died nearly a week after the evacuation of a Florida nursing home that Hurricane Irma left without air conditioning.

Florida university leader ousted for botching Irma evacuation

Sophia Wisniewska fled to Atlanta, but insinuated in an e-mail to her boss that she remained on campus.

Hurricane Irma pulled this house in Vilano Beach, Fla., off a ridge near the ocean — part of the storm’s $50 billion in damage in the state, where proximity to the sea is a big draw.

Post-Irma, Harvard expert urges Florida to rethink economy

Florida’s economy has long thrived on one import above all: people.

Cruz Bay, St. John -- 9/14/2017 - William de Leon sorts through the remnants of an office on Estate Lindholm destroyed by Hurricane Irma, a hotel in the Cruz Bay section of St. John. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

‘We’ll be back’: Enormous hurdles — and resolve — ahead for those in Virgin Islands’ hard-hit tourism industry

Hurricane Irma hasn’t only destroyed the infrastructure of many Caribbean islands. It’s also wiped out much of the region’s vital tourism industry.

Hurricane Max (left) and Hurricane Jose (right) on September 14.

Jose re-strengthens to hurricane off coast of NC

Jose has re-strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic, but there is no current threat to land.

Florida’s elderly struggle in post-hurricane heat

Florida seniors were ushered out of stifling assisted-living centers Thursday while caregivers fought a lack of air conditioning.

NOAA’s new maps show you, up close, Irma’s damage in Florida

NOAA has made it easier to see how areas of Florida have been affected by Hurricane Irma.

Flight radar image showing Delta flight heading back to New York.

Delta Flight 431’s Puerto Rico rescue and its race with Irma

Many who watched Delta Flight 431’s takeoff through the outer bands of Irma held their breath, but for the flight crew, it was ‘‘uneventful.’’

Heidi Arnold sorted through the wreckage of her office in Coral Bay to see if she could salvage anything in the Coral Bay section of St. John.

A famed hurricane refuge is filled with rubble

When Hurricane Irma plowed through the Caribbean last week, the small, isolated community of Coral Bay at the eastern edge of St. John became close to ground zero for the destruction.

A police officer stood outside the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, Fla., on Wednesday.

Eighth person from Fla. nursing home dies in Irma aftermath

Investigators believe the deaths at the Hollywood Hills nursing home were heat-related after the center lost power.

Vermont utility sending 30 workers for Irma recovery

Vermont’s largest electric utility is sending 30 line workers and others to Georgia to help with Hurricane Irma recovery efforts.

A jumble of power poles lined a road in Estero, Fla.

Irma leaves millions in Fla. without power as Keys begin to reopen

About half of the nation’s third-most-populous state lacked power. For some, the lights may not come back on for days — even weeks.

A woman carried a child and emergency water Tuesday as she passed debris from Hurricane Irma strewn in Cruz Bay, Virgin Islands.

On St. John, ‘it looks like after a volcano erupts,’ visitor says

Volunteers are organizing supplies while people who usually guide snorkelers lead residents of the ravaged US Virgin Islands to safety.

Senior Master Sergeant Charles Carlin received a phone call Tuesday about his deployment to Florida.

New England air reservists head to Florida for hurricane relief

One soldier’s wife was scheduled for surgery on the day he was to be deployed.

A man worked on a power line Tuesday in Marco Island, Fla.

Without air conditioning, steamy Florida yearns for power

In a state built on air conditioning, millions want to know one thing: When will the power be back on?

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Is this the last hurrah for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma?

The names of storms that cause severe loss of life or property damage are “retired” out of respect.

epa06201068 A view on a destroyed home after Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys in Marathon, Florida, USA, 12 September 2017. Many area remain under a dawn to dusk curfew. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

Irma’s death toll in Florida increases to 12

It had previously been seven.

Residents on St. John inspected the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, which devastated the smallest of the US Virgin Islands.

‘It was horrifying’: Family recalls battle against Irma on St. John

Two and a half months into Laurie and Steve Bonnell’s stay at a wooden home in the Fish Bay area of St. John, Hurricane Irma struck.

What was once a gift shop and restaurant is now in ruins on St. John.

‘Utter devastation’ on St. John as rescuers send food, water

Federal officials and volunteers said help has arrived following Irma, and crews are working hard to improve the situation on the US Virgin Islands.

Photos of the Caribbean before and after Hurricane Irma

Some islands in the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean have been devastated by the hurricane.

A woman held her dog as waves breeched The Battery sea wall in Charleston, S.C.

Irma’s effects also being felt in Georgia, South Carolina

Flooding has hit downtown Charleston, S.C.

Social media used to get the word out before, during and after Irma

“We’re trying to stay in touch, by phone, by Facebook, however we can,’’ said a woman who evacuated from Key West.

An aerial view of the Florida Keys on Monday, a day after Hurricane Irma made landfall.

The next step, post-Irma: Assessing the scope of destruction

Glimmers of hope emerged from some parts of the state, but the fate of the Florida Keys remained largely a question mark.

A man looked at an uprooted tree in Miami, Fla. on Monday.

In Fla., millions are without power and extent of damage isn’t clear

About 13 million people didn’t have electricity in Florida, with the worst devastation in the Keys.

People clear debris outside their homes after the passing of Hurricane Irma in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Cuban state media reported 10 deaths despite the country's usually rigorous disaster preparations. More than 1 million were evacuated from flood-prone areas. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

Damage is extensive on Cuba, other Caribbean islands

Caribbean officials struggled to get aid to islands devastated by Hurricane Irma, which killed 34 people in the region.

A sailboat crashed on the shore in Key West on Sunday.

Why Hurricane Irma wasn’t far worse, and how close it came to catastrophe

Key West, Miami, and Tampa just missed a much more damaging experience.

epa06198824 Cuban soldiers start the clean up after the passage of Hurricane Irma in Havana, Cuba, 11 September 2017. At least 10 people have died in Cuba as a result of the effects of Hurricane Irma, according to sources at the Cuban Civil Defense General Staff. EPA/Ernesto Mastrascusa

Long lines form for aid on Irma-battered Caribbean islands

With ports mended and weather cleared, officials struggled Monday to get aid to Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma and tried to take stock of the damage caused by the Category 5 storm.

OPS photo by stan grossfeld august 19 1991 storms a pedestrian takes flight during hurricane bob on st james st. boston


We’ve been warned. Boston must prepare for an Irma-size storm.

Safeguards — in the form of better state building codes, storm barriers to reduce flooding, and buy-back of vulnerable coastal properties — are overdue.

A woman with her two children walked past debris left by Hurricane Irma in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, in the US Virgin Islands on Sunday.

Puerto Ricans extend help to island neighbors

Puerto Ricans relieved at being spared the worst destruction from Irma are donating water, clothing, first aid, and supplies to nearby islands.

French firemen provide bottles of water to inhabitants of the Sandy Ground area of Marigot on Sunday on St. Martin.

French hurricane rescues raise anger, racial questions

Some black and mixed-race residents of hurricane-devastated St. Martin have expressed anger at a perception that white tourists were given priority during the evacuation.

Trees bent in the tropical storm wind along North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard as Hurricane Irma hit the southern part of the state Sunday.

Stories of rescues during Irma’s barrage on Florida

Police in Lakeland, Fla., say a family with small children was rescued from a car that was submerged in water as the storm moved through.

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Nearly 4.6 million people in Fla., Ga. without power

The storm continues to move northward, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Storm surge overtook a street in Miami on Sunday.

Irma is massive, even by Florida’s standards

They’re used to hurricanes in the Sunshine State, but this one is different.

Downed trees and water covered a driveway in Bonita Springs, Fla., near Naples, on Sunday.

Tampa-St. Petersburg awaits the wrath of Hurricane Irma

Irma was expected to reach the heavily populated area by early Monday, though in a much-weakened state.

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Boston, Florida pro athletes collect for Hurricane Irma relief

Players from the Red Sox, Rays, Bruins and Panthers manned the gates at Fenway Park Sunday to collect donations for Hurricane Irma relief.

This photo provided by Michael Sechler shows a stranded manatee in Manatee County, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. The mammal was stranded after waters receded from the Florida bay as Hurricane Irma approached. (Michael Sechler via AP)

Two stranded manatees rescued after Irma sucks water from Sarasota Bay

Several people posted photos Sunday of the mammals on Facebook, hoping rescue workers or wildlife officials would respond.

People viewed an unusual situation in Tampa Bay ahead of Irma: The force of the storm had sucked water away from land. But officials warned its return would be dangerous.

‘Pray for everybody’: Irma begins its assault on Florida

The storm roared through the Florida Keys on Sunday with punishing 130-mile-per-hour winds.

A man chose to swim along a street in Havana. Authorities said flood waters would persist into the start of the week.

chaos in Caribbean

Waves from Irma flood Havana coast even as storm moves away

There were no immediate reports of fatalities in Cuba. The government said it had carried out evacuations totaling more than 1 million people.

A man walked Sunday in St. Martin, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma last week.


Brockton man gets little rest, promotion

Andrew Enos, a 19-year-old Red Cross volunteer, is managing a Red Cross shelter at North Miami Senior High School, where he estimates 900 people are staying.