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By John D. Sutter, CNN Puerto Rico (CNN)Her son cried out for help via text message on the morning of October 17, a month after Hurricane Maria wrecked this Caribbean island. “Where are you??” the 18-year-old wrote at 11:32 a.m. “Mami call me it’s important.” Cellular networks in Puerto Rico were still damaged after the… read more

By Jennifer Ryan Jones, The Manual Now more than ever, it’s time to visit Puerto Rico. The hotels are open, the beaches are breathtaking, and the food is delicioso. And no, you won’t be in the way of the ongoing effort to rebuild the island after the awful hurricane season of 2017. In fact, your… read more

By Carlo Versano, Cheddar Nearly a year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island is primed for a tourism comeback, said Mark Ellwood, a contributing editor for Condé Nast Traveler. “I think it’s reassuringly much better, especially in San Juan,” Ellwood said Tuesday in an interview on Cheddar. “It’s about 90 percent there.” The… read more

By Jessica Campisi and Jaquetta White, CNN Nearly a year after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico, officials there say power has been restored to most of the island’s residents. Of the nearly 1.4 million customers who lost electric service after the storm, just 25 remain in the dark, the island’s electric provider tweeted… read more

By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN A number of potential 2020 Democratic presidential contenders are behind a bill that would allow Puerto Rico to terminate its $73 billion in debt. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, introduced a bill Wednesday that would give the US territory a way out of its… read more

By Danica Coto, Washington Post ADJUNTAS, Puerto Rico — It was finally a night to celebrate in this village tucked into the mountains of central Puerto Rico. People pressed TV remote buttons, clicked on fans and plugged in refrigerators as electricity again flowed into homes that had been without power since two major hurricanes devastated… read more

By Jessica Resnick-Ault, U.S. News & World Report NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin removing mega-generators providing backup power at Puerto Rico’s power plants as soon as next week, as the plants are deemed stable, leaving the island vulnerable to power disruptions during hurricane season. Puerto Rico has… read more

By Lea Lane, Forbes When I visited Puerto Rico before it was devastated from Hurricane Maria last year, despite some economic problems, historic Old San Juan looked pretty as ever, cruise ships were docking, and the countryside was lush and green. The industry was hopeful that things would improve. But then, Maria. And the island… read more

By, Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, PBS UTUADO, Puerto Rico — Carmen Rodríguez Santiago counts herself lucky to have any water service at home. But eight months after Hurricane Maria, the 52-year-old security guard said the faucets in her cream-and-pink-colored house still run dry every two to three days, and the water, when it returns, is flecked… read more

By Lydia Belanger, Entrepreneur Puerto Rico was struggling long before Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017. The Puerto Rican government had been looking for potential solutions toward economic recovery, and it had turned to Chile with the goal of emulating its successful government-funded accelerator, Startup Chile. Sebastian Vidal was a member of the… read more

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