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Photos from Puerto Rico reveal the devastating power of Hurricane Maria

Photos from Puerto Rico reveal the devastating power of Hurricane MariaThis year has been a historic one for hurricanes, with major storm after major storm churning through the Atlantic. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria all reached "major hurricane" (Category 3 or above) status as they spun through those warm waters.  And as these storms have lashed not only the U.S. mainland but many of the smaller islands that populate the Caribbean and the Atlantic, we've been reminded of what a devastating and destructive force nature can be.  SEE ALSO: Reports: Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico entirely without power Puerto Rico is no different. The small island of 3.4 million people was still cleaning up from being side-swiped by Irma when Maria slammed into it on Tuesday, engulfing nearly the entire island with hurricane-force winds. Now the clean up begins anew and we're reminded once more of the raw power of these storms, of he widespread damage they can cause.  An image acquired by the GOES-13 satellite at 1:15 pm local time  of Hurricanes Maria in the Caribbean (bottom) and Jose (L, top) in the North Atlantic Ocean.Image: NASA Earth Observatory HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Hurricane Maria Landfalls in Puerto Rico San Juan September 20, 2017.Image: Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo for The Washington Post via Getty Images A picture shows rocks swept by strong waves onto a road in Le Carbet, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, after it was hit by Hurricane Maria, on September 19, 2017.Image: LIONEL CHAMOISEAU/AFP/Getty Images A parking lot is flooded near Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017, during Hurricane Maria.Image: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images Hurricane Maria passed through Puerto Rico leaving behind a path of destruction across the national territory. San Juan September 20, 2017.Image: Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo for The Washington Post via Getty Images A stranded pleasure boat is pictured in Goyave on September 19, 2017 in the French territory of Guadeloupe, after the passage of Hurricane Maria.Image: CEDRICK ISHAM CALVADOS/AFP/Getty Images A woman who voluntarily left her house to take refuge is seen at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 19, 2017, prior to the arrival of Hurricane Maria.Image: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images A road is flooded in Saint-Pierre, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, after it was hit by Hurricane Maria, on September 19, 2017.Image: LIONEL CHAMOISEAU/AFP/Getty Images Residents seek shelter inside Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, early on September 20, 2017, as Hurricane Maria passes the island.Image: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images Trees block the streets after Hurricane Maria at Escambron Beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017.Image: Pablo Pantoja/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Flooded roads are seen as Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico in Fajardo, on September 20, 2017.Image: RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images Trees are toppled in a parking lot at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017, during the passage of the Hurricane Maria.Image: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images A man passes through a door at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which suffered damages from wind on September 20, 2017.Image: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images Residents of San Juan, Puerto Rico, deal with damages to their homes on September 20, 2017, as Hurricane Maria batters the island.Image: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images



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Jerry Lewis Left All Six Children from His First Marriage Out of His Will

Jerry Lewis Left All Six Children from His First Marriage Out of His WillJerry Lewis certainly got in the last laugh when it comes to his strained relationship with his children.



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1-Year-Old in 'Extremely Critical Condition' After Being Thrown From Vehicle

1-Year-Old in 'Extremely Critical Condition' After Being Thrown From VehiclePolice say he was thrown from a vehicle during a fight between his parents



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Puerto Rico student rescues 90 birds from Hurricane Maria…and keeps them in her house

Puerto Rico student rescues 90 birds from Hurricane Maria...and keeps them in her houseA student in Puerto Rico used her house as a refuge for 90 birds displaced by Hurricane Maria as it ripped through the country, causing immense damage to habitats and homes. The Twitter user, who goes by the name Michelle H, says she wanted to rescue one bird she saw stranded during the storm. She took the animal into her house, along with some branches and leaves, only to be moved by the plight of more displaced birds. This bird is the reason I decided to get more ❤️ pic.twitter.com/IMKYgpoVte— Michelle H. (@Michkpop16) September 21, 2017 Eventually, her house was full of them, sheltering during the hurricane. When it was over, she let them fly free, to rebuild their nests or find a new home, safe from the winds of Maria. Michelle documented the adventure on Twitter. She said "it all started because I wanted to save one bird". Yes most of them are injured I had some gloves and shared them to friends— Michelle H. (@Michkpop16) September 20, 2017 It all started because I wanted to save one bird #hurricaneMariapic.twitter.com/x2d5V1wy5L— Michelle H. (@Michkpop16) September 20, 2017 We got more than 60 birds to feed and save them from dying from the strong winds. #PuertoRicoStrong— Michelle H. (@Michkpop16) September 20, 2017  The birds she saved were lucky – she said that after the storm, she saw many dead birds on the floor who did not survive the hurricane after trees were felled and they were battered by the strong winds. Now, after the storm, the ones which are well enough to fly have been going home, one by one: One by one they are going back home ����#HurricaneMariapic.twitter.com/eMkXXFDDfq— Michelle H. (@Michkpop16) September 21, 2017    



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Mexico Schoolgirl's Wiggling Fingers Bring Hope After 2 Others Rescued From Quake Rubble

Mexico Schoolgirl's Wiggling Fingers Bring Hope After 2 Others Rescued From Quake RubbleThe school was among 40 buildings that collapsed during Tuesday's massive earthquake.



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Utah detective who arrested nurse for refusing to take blood from unconscious patient now wants to apologise

Utah detective who arrested nurse for refusing to take blood from unconscious patient now wants to apologiseThe police officer who dragged a screaming nurse to jail after she refused to take blood from an unconscious patient has said he wants to apologise to her, according to his lawyer. Shocking video surfaced earlier this month showing Utah nurse Alex Wubbels calmly stating hospital policy that prevented her from drawing a blood sample without a warrant—before Detective Jeff Payne lost his patience and arrested her.



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Scenes From Hurricane Maria's Destruction Across the Caribbean

Scenes From Hurricane Maria's Destruction Across the CaribbeanHurricane Maria has killed at least nine and has left Puerto Rico entirely without power



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Views of Hurricane Maria From the International Space Station

Views of Hurricane Maria From the International Space StationVideo of Hurricane Maria taken Tuesday from aboard the International Space Station



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Will Barcelona secede from Spain? Catalan independence is up for a vote — and Russia is stirring the pot

Will Barcelona secede from Spain? Catalan independence is up for a vote — and Russia is stirring the potHere in Spain’s second-largest city, long a magnet for American tourists, life on the surface appears as festive as ever, from the beach terraces laden with pitchers of sangria to the crowds browsing the kiosks on the pedestrian median of La Rambla, which almost immediately returned to normal after last month’s terror attack. But the tension brewing just below the surface of Catalonia, the wealthy northeast region of 7.5 million of which Barcelona is capital, burst into the open Wednesday morning with a series of raids by national police on the regional ministry of finance, leading to at least a dozen arrests of senior officials, followed by hours of flag-waving marches and demonstrations. At issue is a wave of Catalan nationalism culminating in a referendum on secession, scheduled for October 1.



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Exclusive: From Russia with fuel: North Korean ships may be undermining sanctions

Exclusive: From Russia with fuel: North Korean ships may be undermining sanctionsBy Polina Nikolskaya MOSCOW (Reuters) – At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions. Reuters has no evidence of wrongdoing by the vessels, whose movements were recorded in Reuters ship-tracking data. Changing a ship's destination once underway is not forbidden and it is unclear whether any of the ships unloaded fuel in North Korea. But U.S. …



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