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In September 2017, Hurricane Maria carved a swath of destruction across the Caribbean, leveling the islands of Dominica and St. Croix, before taking direct aim at Puerto Rico. Most of the island was without power for months, as the electricity grid was destroyed. Only 2 weeks earlier, Irma had left a similar trail of devastation: first leveling the small islands of Barbuda and others in the leeward islands, before tracking to Cuba, the Florida Keys, and up the Gulf Coast of Florida. The National Hurricane Center estimates that Maria and Irma were the third and fourth costliest Atlantic Hurricanes in…

Andrew Holland

Washington-based analyst of energy and environmental security. Fellow with the American Security Project. See more at: www.andrew-holland.com

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