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Trump warns federal help for Puerto Rico not open-ended

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A man cuts a tree uprooted by Hurricane Maria in a street in Yabucoa, in the eastern part of storm-battered Puerto Rico, on September 28, 2017. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Puerto Rico is struggling to recover after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island, leaving 44 people dead and cutting power and running water to much of its population. Its governor this week appealed to Trump for additional federal aid

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (Oct. 13, 2017) — President Donald Trump warned on Thursday, October 12, that his willingness to expend federal aid on hurricane-battered Puerto Rico was not unlimited. Continue reading Trump warns federal help for Puerto Rico not open-ended

Trump tells Puerto Rico to be ‘proud’ of low storm toll

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US President Donald Trump takes part in a food and supply distribution at the Cavalry Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump rallies disaster management workers telling them they ‘can be very proud’ of their response

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico, USA (Oct. 4, 2017) — US President Donald Trump shook hands with storm survivors in Puerto Rico Tuesday, October 3, and told them to be “proud” the island did not lose more lives to Hurricane Maria, on a trip designed to quiet criticism of his administration’s response to the disaster. Continue reading Trump tells Puerto Rico to be ‘proud’ of low storm toll

Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism

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GONE GOLFING. US President Donald Trump arrives at Morristown Municipal Airport on October 1, 2017 in Morristown, New Jersey, upon his return from Jersey City where he participated in the trophy presentation of the Presidents Cup golf championship. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

The Trump administration sends several top officials onto Sunday talk shows with the message that the relief effort is going well, despite complaints that the federal effort in Puerto Rico has fallen short

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, USA (Oct. 2, 2017) — US President Donald Trump on Sunday, October 1, strenuously defended US efforts to bring relief to storm-battered Puerto Rico, even as one island official said Trump was trying to gloss over “things that are not going well.” Continue reading Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism

Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

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TRYING TO LEAVE. People wait in a line to check flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017 as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Rejecting accusations Puerto Rico has not received the same level of assistance as storm-hit US states Florida and Texas, Trump says a ‘massive relief effort is underway’

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Sept. 27, 2017) — US President Donald Trump defended the government relief response to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on Tuesday, September 26, and promised to visit the island next week. Continue reading Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

‘Storm of the century’ Maria pummels Puerto Rico

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STREWN AROUND. Lightposts lay on the ground after being damaged in the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017. Hector Retamal/AFP

After killing at least 9 people in the Caribbean, Maria slams into Puerto Rico’s southeast coast at daybreak before churning across the US territory which is home to 3.4 million

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Sept. 21, 2017) — Hurricane Maria caused devastation across Puerto Rico Wednesday, September 20, as 150 mile-an-hour winds from the island’s worst storm in living memory flooded the capital and sent thousands scurrying to shelters. Continue reading ‘Storm of the century’ Maria pummels Puerto Rico

Florida Keys facing potential ‘humanitarian crisis’ in Irma aftermath

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People walk through flooded streets the morning after Hurricane Irma swept through Fort Myers, Florida. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Military crews were on standby with body bags for possible fatalities in the Keys while millions remain without power across Florida

September 11, 2017 — The horrific scale of Hurricane Irma’s trail of devastation across Florida was becoming evident on Monday as the remnants of the most powerful storm in Atlantic history limped north into Georgia and a demise over land. Continue reading Florida Keys facing potential ‘humanitarian crisis’ in Irma aftermath

Florida prepares as Hurricane Irma grows into 180mph ‘superstorm’

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Michelle Smith checks her smart phone for news while clutching her dog Sophia as she leaves a Home Depot store with storm preparation supplies in Tampa.
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Caribbean islands face life-threatening conditions as ‘potentially catastrophic’ storm poised to be felt in Leeward Islands on Tuesday

September 5, 2017 — Hurricane Irma expanded into a 180mph “superstorm” on Tuesday as officials warned of life-threatening winds, storm surge and rainfall in several Caribbean islands and Continue reading Florida prepares as Hurricane Irma grows into 180mph ‘superstorm’

Texas flood disaster by the numbers

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RIVER/HIGHWAY. Downtown Houston and submerged highways are seen August 27, 2017 as the city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. Thomas B. Shea/AFP

The storm continues to shower the region as it heads slowly toward the neighboring state of Louisiana

HOUSTON, USA (Aug. 30, 2017) — Monster storm Harvey hit the south Texas coast late Friday, August 25, and then stalled, gushing torrents of rain over Houston, the country’s fourth largest city with 6 million people in the greater metropolitan area. Continue reading Texas flood disaster by the numbers

Trump’s rollback of flood protections risks further Houston-style calamity

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Margie David and her husband David Emswiler are rescued by volunteers on a boat from their flooded house in north-west Houston. Photograph: Jay Janner/AP

Houston has some of the most lax building regulations in potential flood zones – and the president wants to spread that policy across the US

August 29, 2017 — After all the furore, it’s hard to remember now that Donald Trump’s combative press conference earlier this month was supposed to be about infrastructure. Holding two flowcharts, Continue reading Trump’s rollback of flood protections risks further Houston-style calamity