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Aquatic sensors are used in streams like this one, Quebrada Sonadora, which is one of the study sites in the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico, where researchers monitored nitrate levels before and after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

UNH researchers find high levels of nitrate in Puerto Rico streams after storms

Many people suffered from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. But scientists, in a new study, say the storm also took a hidden toll on the environment.

Hurricane tracker: Track Hurricane Dorian

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

Inocencia Rivera was surrounded by solar-powered Christmas lights on her balcony in Morovis, Puerto Rico, in December 2017 — three months after Hurricane Maria struck the island.


One year after Maria: Puerto Rico needs final vote on statehood

The aftermath of Hurricane Maria exposed the cracks and contradictions in the island’s untenable political status.

04/07/2016 BROOKLINE L-R Suk/Stein family members hold Hamilton memorabilia at their home in Brookline. The family loves the Broadway show


‘Hamilton’ ticket raffle aims to raise money for damaged library in Puerto Rico

A library in Lincoln is seeking to lend a hand to a library in Loiza, Puerto Rico.

Nay Alicea, 4, sucked on a lollipop while watching the Puerto Rican Parade with her family.

Puerto Rican parade celebrates unity and resilience

Thousands who celebrated the 51st annual Puerto Rican festival and parade in Boston Sunday wanted to show the world what it looks like when Puerto Rico rises.

Mayra Garcia packed up her belongings onSunday after she was told to leave the New Bedford hotel where she had been staying for several months.

Judge orders FEMA to extend stays for Puerto Rican evacuees

The extension will keep several hundred families temporarily housed in hotels in 22 states and Puerto Rico for three more weeks.

Janesty, 5, and her baby brother, Nathan, at the SpringHill Suites hotel near La Guardia Airport in Queens on Saturday.

Puerto Rican evacuees seek to have hotel stays extended

Hundreds of Puerto Rican evacuees across the country are waiting on a ruling from a US District judge that could decide whether they have a place to live for at least the next month.

Dagmar Rivera paused while packing her belongings in the Tewksbury hotel room where she has been staying. “What if they come tomorrow and tell me that I have to go?” she said.

Despite eviction reprieve, Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees face uncertainty and fear

Those who fled the island after Hurricane Maria struggled to figure out their next move.

ANDOVER, MA - 06/28/2018 Gerdan, (left) nine, sits with brother Killian, two, and plays video games in the living room of their hotel. The family has moved to several different hotel rooms over the last few months, but this will probably be the last. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is officially ending its Temporary Sheltering Assistance Program for Puerto Rico, a program that has paid for hotel rooms for thousands of evacuees for nearly a year after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Erin Clark for the Boston Globe

Stay or go? Decision time nears for displaced Puerto Rican families

Federal housing help for Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria is coming to an end on Saturday.

A woman places one of the hundreds of shoes in memory of those killed by Hurricane Maria in front of the Puerto Rico Capitol, in San Juan, Friday, June 1, 2018. Puerto Rico's Institute of Statistics announced that it has sued the U.S. territory's health department and demographic registry seeking to obtain data on the number of deaths following Hurricane Maria as a growing number of critics accuse the government of lacking transparency. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)


Why was the federal response in Puerto Rico so flawed?

The inadequate response to Hurricane Maria has raised questions for the Trump administration, federal agencies, and the island’s own government.

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017 file photo, homes and other buildings destroyed by Hurricane Maria lie in ruins in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico's governor on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 ordered authorities to review all deaths reported since Hurricane Maria hit nearly three months ago amid accusations that the U.S. territory has vastly undercounted storm-related deaths. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)


Puerto Rico and Maria, an American tragedy

It’s scandalous when a government gets the facts so drastically wrong.

Luna Sanchez, 12, of Boston held a picture of her grandfather, Luis Sanchez, who served in World War II, as she stood beside her grandmother, Maria Sanchez, at the Puerto Rican veterans group’s Memorial Day event Monday.

Puerto Rican veterans honored in South End Memorial Day observance

Members and their families gathered to honor lost loved ones who have “fought for this country since the Revolutionary War.”

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.

Christopher Muther

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.

Toa Baja, Puerto Rico -- 9/30/2017 - Miguel Martinez, 28, stands on what is left of the roof of his home as he waits for crews with heavy machinery to come and clear away the debris from Hurricane Maria. Martinez has been working for two years to construct the home which used to belong to his grandmother and then he said,

Excavator blamed for island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico

The island is struggling with an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria hit the US territory.

Katelyn Rios is one of four students who left Puerto Rico for MassArt four months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

In the aftermath of Maria, Puerto Rican students create at MassArt

Ten student artists departed their devastated island for a semester in Boston, knowing they would return with a renewed energy. Nature heals itself. They hope art will heal them.

Travel Troubleshooter

My hotel in San Juan closed after the hurricane — why can’t I get a refund?

Nona Novak’s vacation to Puerto Rico was disrupted when Hurricane Maria shut down her hotel. Why won’t American Airlines Vacations refund her trip?

(l-r) Representative Seth Moulton, Rep. Richard Neal, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Jim McGovern talk with Massachusetts State Police on duty in Puerto Rico. (Photo from Twitter account of Rep. Jim McGovern)

After touring Puerto Rico, Mass. congressional delegation calls for more post-hurricane aid

Members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation toured storm damage in Puerto Rico.

Tomas Gonzales, portraying one of the Three Kings, greeted Edrick Claudio at a Roxbury celebration Saturday.

Families from Puerto Rico celebrate holiday tradition in Roxbury

The city-organized celebration featured crafts, traditional Puerto Rican breakfast snacks, presents for youngsters, gift cards, and an appearance by the Three Kings.

Ashantie Lopez did homework in the living room of her aunt’s house in Springfield.

Mass. schools welcome 2,100 Maria evacuees

Since the storm hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, youngsters from the island have enrolled in schools across the state.

Cambridge, MA - 12/05/17 - Local homeowners helped their contractor, Nortoh Alexander, rebuild his mother's house in Dominica, which was destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Alexander is project manager for Cambridge-based Charlie Allen Renovations and grew up on the island. He needed financial help to travel to Dominica and to begin rebuilding his mother's house. Charlie Allen Renovations launched a GoFundMe campaign on the contractor's behalf, which quickly exceeded its goal of $10,000. Almost all of the money was contributed by area homeowners whose homes Nortoh has remodeled. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Cristela Guerra) Topic: (06maria)

He remodeled their homes. After Hurricane Maria, they helped rebuild his mother’s

In September, when Nortoh Alexander’s mother’s house on Dominica was destroyed, it was his clients’ turn to help the carpenter rebuild.

Massachusetts state troopers did relief work to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria, which struck in September.

Trip to help in Puerto Rico was emotional for Mass. state troopers

Three troopers with relatives on the island, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria, described their relief work.

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.

19socalendar - Persephone's Daughters perform a concert in Plymouth to benefit the recovery effort in Puerto Rico. (Handout)

Mark Your Calendar

Persephone’s Daughters to sing for Puerto Rico recovery

The women’s chorus from Plymouth performs its fall concert, “Soul Watch,” to benefit Puerto Rico’s recovery through the Hurricane Maria Community Relief and Recovery Fund.

Croix, a 9-week-old puppy rescued after Hurricane Maria, is recovering at her new home in Attleboro.

This puppy was left for dead after Maria. An Attleboro woman rescued her

Jessica Childs knew she had to take the dog home — if it survived the night.

In Egypt, the pyramids of Giza.

When travelers brave the ‘tough sells,’ it’s possible everyone wins

At a time of natural disasters and political turmoil, an increasing number of tourism-dependent destinations have become tough sells. But travelers and industry representatives say this makes many of them cheaper and less crowded, with populations more warmly welcoming to visitors and the business they bring.

Morovis, Puerto Rico -- 9/30/2017 - The sun sets silhouetting trees stripped of their foliage in Morovis. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

Massachusetts National Guard unit departs for Puerto Rico

The units will provide security on federal installations while the island recovers from Hurricane Maria.

A TJX Cos. spokeswoman says the company has paid employees before when a natural disaster has caused store closings.

TJX paying its employees in Puerto Rico, even though stores remain closed

The Framingham-based retailer has 29 Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and HomeGoods stores on the battered island.

A Whitefish Energy crew restored power lines in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. The company is based in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s home state.

Puerto Rico scraps $300m contract to restore power grid

The move comes amid increased scrutiny of a tiny, politically connected Montana company’s role.

Workers restore on October 28, 2017 high tension power lines damaged by Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico. Conditions in Puerto Rico are still heartbreaking more than five weeks after Hurricane Maria wrought devastation, with the lack of power and clean water compounding chronic conditions, medics say. Not only are there medication shortages, but the lack of power makes long-term care difficult at home for those with chronic conditions. / AFP PHOTO / Ricardo ARDUENGORICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images

Puerto Rico governor wants to cancel $300M Whitefish contract

Sunday’s announcementcomes as federal legislators are seeking to investigate the contract awarded to the small company from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown.

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo, debris scatters a destroyed community in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. The Senate is pushing ahead on a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would give Puerto Rico a much-needed infusion of cash but rejects requests from the powerful Texas and Florida congressional delegations for additional money to rebuild after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The measure is sure to sail through a Monday, Oct. 23, procedural vote and a final vote is expected no later than Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Opinion | Roberto O. González Nieves

Wipe out Puerto Rico’s debt

The people of Puerto Rico need a second chance.

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

Bella English

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.

The latest figures out of Puerto Rico suggest that nearly 1 in 4 Puerto Ricans continues to lack access to fresh water and three-quarters of the island remains without power.

Mass. United for Puerto Rico fund passes $2 million in donations

The breakdown of that total includes more than 1,500 donations by individuals, as well as donations from businesses and fund-raising efforts.

Erick Torres and sister Jerielis posed for a photo at their grandmother’s Jamaica Plain apartment. Their home in Puerto Rico was ruined.

Students, newly arrived from Puerto Rico after Maria, start over in Boston schools

As of this week, the Boston Public Schools have enrolled 42 families from the devastatedisland after Hurricane Maria.

Boston police officers Richard Diaz (left), Izzy Marrero, David Hernandez, and Eliseo Marrero were among the members of the department who recently returned from a relief trip to Puerto Rico.

‘An overwhelming, humbling experience’ — Boston police return from Puerto Rico

On Sunday, some of the officers attended the “A Taste of the Caribbean” fund-raiser for the devastated island.

San Juan, Puerto Rico -- 10/01/2017 - A girl plays with a lantern on the street in San Juan as she and her family escape the heat of her public housing apartment that is still without power. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

Puerto Rico still stumbles in the dark a month after Maria

Roughly 80 percent of power customers remain in the dark, and another 30 percent are without water in Puerto Rico.

Corozal, Puerto Rico -- 10/02/2017 - The casket of Victor Ruiz Ramos is entered into a mausoleum during his funeral service. This happened after Hurricane Maria. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

Puerto Rico raises Hurricane Maria death toll to 48

Authorities in Puerto Rico raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria by 3 to 48 on Saturday based on a review of medical records.

Mona Hdeib (left) helped load much needed food and supplies onto a tractor trailer truck parked at the Tenean Beach parking lot in Dorchester on Saturday.

Volunteers collect food and supplies for overwhelmed Dominica

Hurricane Maria made landfall on Dominica, a Caribbean island of about 75,000 people, on Sept. 18 but many residents still lack food, clean water, and medical care.

Puerto Rico raises Hurricane Maria death toll to 48

Authorities in Puerto Rico raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria by 3 to 48 on Saturday based on a review of medical records.

US House Speaker Paul Ryan and US Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon at a press conference on October 13 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


In Puerto Rico, lasting damage but little help

Puerto Rico’s plight remains dire.

Yabucoa, Puerto Rico -- 9/29/2017 - A neighbor walked out on a piece of metal that fell on Carmen Charriez's home when Hurricane Maria hit. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

Globe Magazine

Photographs of Hurricane Maria’s aftermath in Puerto Rico

Globe staff photographer Jessica Rinaldi spent six days on the island covering people’s struggles to recover from the devastating storm.

Following the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria, men In Puerto Rico rigged PVC pipes to collect water from a spring.


Behind the story of covering Puerto Rico

Over six days chronicling the devastation, we witnessed many horrors — homes reduced to their foundations, overcrowded emergency rooms filled with agony, relatives weeping for the dead.

The sun sets silhouetting trees stripped of their foliage in Morovis, Puerto Rico.

‘To suggest that Puerto Rico is ready to pull federal workers out is irresponsible’

Puerto Ricans across Massachusetts were frustrated and angry with President Trump’s early morning tweets Thursday.

Ana Ruiz was consoled as funeral directors prepared to close the casket of her husband, Victor Hugo Ruiz, in Corozal, Puerto Rico.

One man’s tale shows how casualties of Maria go beyond official death toll

Victor Hugo Ruiz, a 64-year-old retired bartender in Puerto Rico, waited 35 hours for gas that never came.

A man carried bottled water down a road that was washed out by Hurricane Maria in the interior city of Utuado. Many water pipes across the island, especially in the mountainous interior, were destroyed by the storm.

69 Massachusetts police officers headed to Puerto Rico

Officers from the State Police and local departments will assist local law enforcement in Puerto Rico with enforcing curfews and other security duties.

Boston hedge fund manager Seth Klarman is said to be one of the biggest owners of Puerto Rican government debt.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

Trump’s talk of Puerto Rico debt deal briefly spooks investors

One big loser would have been Boston investor Seth Klarman, whose hedge fund reportedly owns almost $1 billion in the island’s debt.

Morovis, Puerto Rico -- 9/30/2017 - The road washed out from Hurricane Maria in Morovis. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

Puerto Rico’s governor says death toll from Maria has climbed to 34

The governor of Puerto Rico says the official death count for Hurricane Maria has climbed from 16 to 34.

Yabucoa, PR -- 9/29/2017 - A driver prepared to leave at Buckeye Caribbean Terminal with a tanker full of fuel. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

Nestor Ramos

My father was a Puerto Rican truck driver. He’s not to blame, Mr. President

Finding someone fictitious to blame for your administration’s failings is easier than owning up to your mistakes.

On Friday, Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the launch of the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund.

About $800,000 in pledges pours into Mass. United for Puerto Fund

The fund, launched Friday, has already received close to 1,000 credit card transactions and pledges of about $800,000 from prominent local institutions.

Toa Baja, Puerto Rico -- 9/30/2017 - Geraldo Rivera, 51, helps his neighbor move a dresser ruined in the flood waters inside the home on Avenida Calle Palma Villa Calma after Hurricane Maria. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

Sludge, snakes, and sewage: Maria brings misery in many forms

“We have nowhere else to go, no other option. So we have to clean up.”