Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico

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Social media captures Hurricane Maria’s devastating damage to Puerto Rico

The devastation happened in real time on Snapchat and Twitter.


Brianna Stone


Posted on Sep 20, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 4:47 pm CDT

Still recovering from Hurricane Irma, the island of Puerto Rico was hit with another powerful natural disaster Wednesday, Hurricane Maria—the strongest storm the island has seen in more than 80 years.

Maria has reportedly left the entire island without electricity, according to a spokesman from the governor’s office. When the category 4 hurricane hit Puerto Rico Wednesday morning, there were winds up to 155 mph and 12 to 18 inches of rain are expected to pour on the island.

This comes less than two weeks after Category 5 Hurricane Irma struck Puerto Rico.

Snapchat stories showed the aftermath of Maria in real time—while there was still electricity and cell phone towers that were operating.

If you want to do more than simply update your Facebook profile picture or tweet a hashtag, there are several relief organizations that you can donate to to help all victims of Hurricane Maria:

The Red Cross

Caribbean Tourism Organization GoFundMe

U.S. Virgin Islands Hurricane Relief Fundly

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster – You can volunteer or donate money. Information for Hurricane Maria has yet to be put on the website, but there are volunteer opportunities for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

AccuWeather has compiled a list of resources for helping with victims of all hurricanes from the 2017 season. AccuWeather warns that it is dangerous to go to the affected areas immediately after the tragedy and it could also cause more traffic on interstates which could decrease supplies  and emergency personnel from getting to the area. AccuWeather also said that although food, clothing, and supplies are great, cash donations are the best.

“Make sure to send money to a reputable charity,” AccuWeather writes on its website. Charity Navigator is a guide to find trustworthy organizations and charities to donate to.

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*First Published: Sep 20, 2017, 2:19 pm CDT