(Cambridge, MA) – Deaths related to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico could be higher than first thought. Officially, the death toll is at 64, but that could be closer to five-thousand if a new Harvard University study is to be believed.
A survey of more than three-thousand households indicates as many as 46-hundred-45 more deaths happened than would have under normal conditions. Researchers say a third of the deaths can be attributed to delayed or interrupted healthcare.
The survey covered from the time the storm made landfall on September 20th to December 31st. The study was published in the “New England Journal of Medicine” today.
(SW) – A new mid-Atlantic storm may cause blizzard-like conditions in New England early this week. The storm is expected to pick up pace Monday night and into Tuesday. The heavy snow may bring travel to a stop in Boston and Portland, Maine on Tuesday.
Coastal communities from North Carolina to New England continue to face the risk of coastal flooding and power outages. The Monday morning commute is expected to be a slick one in and around southwestern Virginia.
Eastern New England is bracing for the worst part of the storm with over a foot of snow, blizzard conditions and strong winds.
(SL) – As Hurricane Irma inches closer to the US, Florida Governor Rick Scott is putting Floridians on alert and declaring a state of emergency for the sunshine state.
Scott says, “Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared. I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma’s path – potentially impacting millions of Floridians.”
Irma grew into a Category 4 storm on Monday as it approached the northeastern Caribbean with winds of 140 mph. In comparison, Hurricane Harvey had winds of 130 mph when it made landfall in Texas last week.
The Daily Mail reports, it is forecast to begin buffeting the region on Tuesday and the US National Hurricane Center said additional strengthening was expected.
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