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Hurricane Maria hammers Caribbean

A destroyed home is seen from a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey surveying damage from Hurricane Maria in St. Croix,  U.S. Virgin Islands. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

A destroyed home is seen from a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey surveying damage from Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

A destroyed home is seen from a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey surveying damage from Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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Damages are seen in a supermarket after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Damages are seen in a supermarket after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Damages are seen in a supermarket after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Toppled shipping containers and destroyed road is seen from a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey surveying damage from Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Toppled shipping containers and destroyed road is seen from a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey surveying damage from Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Toppled shipping containers and destroyed road is seen from a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey surveying damage from Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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Damaged electrical installations are seen after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria en Guayama, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Damaged electrical installations are seen after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria en Guayama, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Damaged electrical installations are seen after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria en Guayama, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Destroyed homes are seen from a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey surveying damage from Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Destroyed homes are seen from a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey surveying damage from Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Destroyed homes are seen from a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey surveying damage from Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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A man runs on the street next to debris and damaged cars after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A man runs on the street next to debris and damaged cars after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A man runs on the street next to debris and damaged cars after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Damaged homes from Hurricane Maria are shown in this aerial photo over the island of Dominica. Courtesy Nigel R. Browne/Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency/Regional Security System/Handout via REUTERS

Damaged homes from Hurricane Maria are shown in this aerial photo over the island of Dominica. Courtesy Nigel R. Browne/Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency/Regional Security System/Handout via REUTERS

Damaged homes from Hurricane Maria are shown in this aerial photo over the island of Dominica. Courtesy Nigel R. Browne/Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency/Regional Security System/Handout via REUTERS
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Workers remove fallen tree branches from a road in the Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Workers remove fallen tree branches from a road in the Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Workers remove fallen tree branches from a road in the Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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Damaged homes from Hurricane Maria are shown in this aerial photo over the island of Dominica. Courtesy Nigel R. Browne/Caribbean Emergency Management Agency/Regional Security System/Handout via REUTERS

Damaged homes from Hurricane Maria are shown in this aerial photo over the island of Dominica. Courtesy Nigel R. Browne/Caribbean Emergency Management Agency/Regional Security System/Handout via REUTERS

Damaged homes from Hurricane Maria are shown in this aerial photo over the island of Dominica. Courtesy Nigel R. Browne/Caribbean Emergency Management Agency/Regional Security System/Handout via REUTERS
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People walk along a flooded seafront after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

People walk along a flooded seafront after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

People walk along a flooded seafront after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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Damaged homes from Hurricane Maria are shown in this aerial photo over the island of Dominica. Courtesy Nigel R. Browne/Caribbean Emergency Management Agency/Regional Security System/Handout via REUTERS

Damaged homes from Hurricane Maria are shown in this aerial photo over the island of Dominica. Courtesy Nigel R. Browne/Caribbean Emergency Management Agency/Regional Security System/Handout via REUTERS

Damaged homes from Hurricane Maria are shown in this aerial photo over the island of Dominica. Courtesy Nigel R. Browne/Caribbean Emergency Management Agency/Regional Security System/Handout via REUTERS
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Workers of the Social State Plan prepare food rations in preparation for Hurricane Maria in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas

Workers of the Social State Plan prepare food rations in preparation for Hurricane Maria in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas

Workers of the Social State Plan prepare food rations in preparation for Hurricane Maria in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas
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Cars drive along a road after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Cars drive along a road after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Cars drive along a road after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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Damaged homes from Hurricane Maria are shown in this aerial photo over the island of Dominica. Courtesy Nigel R. Browne/Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency/Regional Security System/Handout via REUTERS

Damaged homes from Hurricane Maria are shown in this aerial photo over the island of Dominica. Courtesy Nigel R. Browne/Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency/Regional Security System/Handout via REUTERS

Damaged homes from Hurricane Maria are shown in this aerial photo over the island of Dominica. Courtesy Nigel R. Browne/Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency/Regional Security System/Handout via REUTERS
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Youth stand on the bench of a bus stop to not to get wet after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Youth stand on the bench of a bus stop to not to get wet after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Youth stand on the bench of a bus stop to not to get wet after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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Boats remain anchored in a wharf as Hurricane Maria approaches in Guadeloupe island. 

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Boats remain anchored in a wharf as Hurricane Maria approaches in Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Boats remain anchored in a wharf as Hurricane Maria approaches in Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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A man removes branches from a road after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

A man removes branches from a road after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

A man removes branches from a road after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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Damaged homes from Hurricane Maria are shown in this aerial photo over the island of Dominica. Courtesy Nigel R. Browne/Caribbean Emergency Management Agency/Regional Security System/Handout via REUTERS

Damaged homes from Hurricane Maria are shown in this aerial photo over the island of Dominica. Courtesy Nigel R. Browne/Caribbean Emergency Management Agency/Regional Security System/Handout via REUTERS

Damaged homes from Hurricane Maria are shown in this aerial photo over the island of Dominica. Courtesy Nigel R. Browne/Caribbean Emergency Management Agency/Regional Security System/Handout via REUTERS
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Debris lies on a flooded seafront in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Debris lies on a flooded seafront in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Debris lies on a flooded seafront in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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Workers of the Social State Plan prepare food rations in preparation for Hurricane Maria in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas

Workers of the Social State Plan prepare food rations in preparation for Hurricane Maria in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas

Workers of the Social State Plan prepare food rations in preparation for Hurricane Maria in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas
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Clothes hang on a rope as waves break on a flooded seafront in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Clothes hang on a rope as waves break on a flooded seafront in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Clothes hang on a rope as waves break on a flooded seafront in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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People run away from water in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

People run away from water in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

People run away from water in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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A car approaches a flooded seafront in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

A car approaches a flooded seafront in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

A car approaches a flooded seafront in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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Shopping carts in a flooded parking lot on the outskirts of Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island. 

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Shopping carts in a flooded parking lot on the outskirts of Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Shopping carts in a flooded parking lot on the outskirts of Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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A man looks at a fallen tree as he walks along a street in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island. 


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A man looks at a fallen tree as he walks along a street in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

A man looks at a fallen tree as he walks along a street in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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A woman covers herself with a raincoat while looking out at the ocean as Hurricane Maria approaches in Petit-Bourg, Guadeloupe island. 

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A woman covers herself with a raincoat while looking out at the ocean as Hurricane Maria approaches in Petit-Bourg, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

A woman covers herself with a raincoat while looking out at the ocean as Hurricane Maria approaches in Petit-Bourg, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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A man removes a branch in a flooded street in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island. 


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A man removes a branch in a flooded street in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

A man removes a branch in a flooded street in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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People walk in a flooded street in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island.


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People walk in a flooded street in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

People walk in a flooded street in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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A car passes next to a banner warning of a Red Alert for rain in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island. 


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A car passes next to a banner warning of a Red Alert for rain in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

A car passes next to a banner warning of a Red Alert for rain in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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People sit on the side of an empty street in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island. 


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People sit on the side of an empty street in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

People sit on the side of an empty street in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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A woman takes a selfie as Hurricane Maria approaches in Petit-Bourg, Guadeloupe island. 


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A woman takes a selfie as Hurricane Maria approaches in Petit-Bourg, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

A woman takes a selfie as Hurricane Maria approaches in Petit-Bourg, Guadeloupe island. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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A handler works in one of the USS Kearsarge's control rooms near a live schematic of the flight deck as the vessel handles some of the evacuation of U.S. military personnel from the U.S. Virgin Islands in advance of Hurricane Maria. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

A handler works in one of the USS Kearsarge's control rooms near a live schematic of the flight deck as the vessel handles some of the evacuation of U.S. military personnel from the U.S. Virgin Islands in advance of Hurricane Maria. REUTERS/Jonathan...more

A handler works in one of the USS Kearsarge's control rooms near a live schematic of the flight deck as the vessel handles some of the evacuation of U.S. military personnel from the U.S. Virgin Islands in advance of Hurricane Maria. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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Soldiers from the 602nd Area Support Medical Company wait on a beach for a Navy landing craft as their unit evacuates in advance of Hurricane Maria, in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. 


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Soldiers from the 602nd Area Support Medical Company wait on a beach for a Navy landing craft as their unit evacuates in advance of Hurricane Maria, in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Soldiers from the 602nd Area Support Medical Company wait on a beach for a Navy landing craft as their unit evacuates in advance of Hurricane Maria, in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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The Army's 602nd Area Support Medical Company boards the U.S.S. Kearsarge aircraft carrier from a Navy landing craft during their evacuation from the U.S. Virgin Islands. 


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The Army's 602nd Area Support Medical Company boards the U.S.S. Kearsarge aircraft carrier from a Navy landing craft during their evacuation from the U.S. Virgin Islands. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

The Army's 602nd Area Support Medical Company boards the U.S.S. Kearsarge aircraft carrier from a Navy landing craft during their evacuation from the U.S. Virgin Islands. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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Carlos Alers Vives stands in front of his house before the arrival of the Hurricane Maria in Puerto de Jobos, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Carlos Alers Vives stands in front of his house before the arrival of the Hurricane Maria in Puerto de Jobos, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Carlos Alers Vives stands in front of his house before the arrival of the Hurricane Maria in Puerto de Jobos, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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People covers the windows of a store in preparation for Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

People covers the windows of a store in preparation for Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

People covers the windows of a store in preparation for Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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A woman walks on a fallen tree aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas

A woman walks on a fallen tree aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas

A woman walks on a fallen tree aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas
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Debris cover a street after Hurricane Maria hit San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sebastian Perez via REUTERS

Debris cover a street after Hurricane Maria hit San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sebastian Perez via REUTERS

Debris cover a street after Hurricane Maria hit San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sebastian Perez via REUTERS
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