In addition to force of the hurricane itself, many people died because disease and infection due to the lack of electricity and drinkable water on the island. The original death toll was put in double digits, but recently a new study placed the "official" count at just short of 3,000.
Trump caused outrage this week when he said without any evidence the 3,000 death toll was a move by Democrats to make him look "as bad as possible". "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths", Trump wrote.
Stephen Colbert of The Late Show began his nightly monologue by demonizing POTUS' lack of response to Hurricane Florence, a superstorm now working its way through the Carolinas and his hyper focus on Maria, a storm that took place nearly a year ago.
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A police spokesman said that in this instance, there were no injuries as a result of the contamination. A $100,000 reward has since been offered for information on the strawberry saboteur.
President Trump speaks after receiving a briefing on Hurricane Florence from FEMA administrator Brock Long and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. "We have a moral obligation to do better, not only to finish the job in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, but to prevent the same type of inadequate response from ever happening again".
At the same time, the top Republican in Congress, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, said he had no reason to dispute the official death toll, while Republican Senator Marco Rubio said tragedy should not be politicised.
"We stand by the science underlying our study", the statement said.
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Cora indicated that the Puerto Rican people are continuing their efforts to a return to normalcy. "The iceberg wasn't like 'I didn't kill nobody, I just scraped some paint off a boat, you can take that other sh*t up with the ocean man'". If you're suggesting that every person who gets sick and dies months after a storm comes through because the infrastructure is inadequate, or medical supplies aren't available, or because they were bitten by a dog who might have been too hungry because he lost his owners in the storm, are directly attributable to the hurricane, then...
This "issue" was not on my radar until one of my kids texted in a family chat: "Is trump off his rocker with this Puerto Rico death toll stuff?" "We are confident that the number - 2,975 - is the most accurate and unbiased estimate of excess mortality to date".
Trump has focused his ire on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who positioned herself as a critic of his administration in the immediate aftermath of the storms.
The team, which worked independently of the Puerto Rican government, looked at death certificates, spoke to funeral home directors and interviewed doctors, health officials, hospital directors and forensic pathologists to reach their conclusion.
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Monday, as the rapidly strengthening storm moved westward through the Atlantic, according to the National Hurricane Center. The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office has not announced any road blocks ahead of Hurricane Florence as of Monday afternoon.