Different legal and inheritance customs in Puerto Rico often result in there being no title deed to a property. French America Line has been accused of scamming customers without delivering on services, and some have alleged the company used proposed "Hurricane relief services" as a coverup. Survivors recalled “a great gray wall about 50-feet high and moving slowly toward the island” in oral histories archived in the city’s Rosenberg Library.  Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate the area, with about 70,000 thought to be at risk.  The combination of rough seas and winds was responsible for widespread structural damage and flooding throughout the archipelago, especially from Pointe-à-Pitre, along Grand-Terre Island's southwestern coast, to Petit-Bourg and the southern coasts on Basse-Terre Island. At a Glance. as Puerto Ricans Scramble to Help Most Vulnerable", "Does Trump care about Puerto Rico's hurricane victims? Puerto Rico raised the official death toll for Hurricane Maria from 64 to nearly 3,000 people after months of denying there was an issue with the count. Hurricane Maria, experts grew increasingly concerned over how officials were recording the deaths when the Puerto Rican governmentâs death toll count stayed at 64 The value only accounted for reported deaths, and with limitations to communication, the actual toll could have been even higher. congresswoman Stacey Plaskett stated that 90% of buildings in the Virgin Islands were damaged or destroyed and 13,000 of those buildings had lost their roofs. , Two weeks after Hurricane Irma hit St. Thomas and St. John as a Category 5 hurricane, Hurricane Maria's weaker outer eyewall was reported by the National Hurricane Center to have crossed Saint Croix while the hurricane was at Category 5 intensity. 19. Maria arrived before supplies were replenished. Tens of thousands of people were forced to seek refuge in the Superdome, which descended into chaos and became a symbol of the city’s unpreparedness.  Governor Ricardo Rosselló estimated that Maria caused at least US$ 90 billion in damage and in 2018 the US National Hurricane Center updated its list of costliest hurricanes to include that figure.  By September 19, 2017, at least 2,000 people in Puerto Rico had sought shelter.  Numerous roads and streets, especially along the northern coast, were impassible due to rock slides, fallen trees and toppled power poles. 3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. she remembered him saying. The US has more than enough resources to mobilize an emergency response, but has failed to do so in a swift and robust manner. , Storm surge and flash flooding—stemming from flood gate releases at La Plata Lake Dam—converged on the town of Toa Baja, trapping thousands of residents. You know, or divest of that asset?"  President Donald Trump responded to accusations that he does not care about Puerto Rico: "Puerto Rico is very important to me, and Puerto Rico—the people are fantastic people. evaluation Our study shows that physician lack of awareness . , Maria originated from a tropical wave that left the western coast of Africa on September 12.  A two-week investigation in November 2017 by CNN of 112 funeral homes—approximately half of the island—found 499 deaths that were said to be hurricane-related between September 20 and October 19. A new study says the Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico was close to 3,000. That’s more than 70 times the official estimate.  The United States Army Corps of Engineers deployed 670 personnel engaged in assessing and restoring the power grid; by September 25, 83 generators were installed and an additional 186 generators were en route. When President Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico on October 3, he praised Hurricane Maria's relatively low death toll -- then 16. Internally, there was an influx of people into San Juan. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit characterized the devastation wrought by Irma and Maria as a sign of climate change and the threat it poses to the survival of his country, stating, "To deny climate change ... is to deny a truth we have just lived.