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    Hurricane Maria Hits Puerto Rico With ‘Historic’ Fury

    It won’t be spared a second time. Though Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity in 70 percent of Puerto Rico’s households, the island was much less battered than most in the region — and thus has become a hub for disaster relief for other Caribbean locations. Now Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm, has touched down in Puerto Rico after killing seven in the island nation of Dominica, ravaging the U.S. territory with winds of 155 mph and cutting power to the entire island. “This is something of historic proportions,” said one top official.

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