In this Sept. 26, 2017 file photo, Evan Mandino, right, sits with neighbors on a couch outside their destroyed homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
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Lourdes Rodriguez fled Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria filled her home in the northern town of Vega Baja with mud, ruining mattresses and other belongings.With conditions back home still grim -- about 85 percent of residents still lack electricity and 40 percent are without running water, and neither is expected to be fully restored for months -- many find themselves scrambling to build new lives away from the island.There have been several major migratory exoduses from Puerto Rico to the mainland over the years, most recently during the past decade when the island's population shrank by about 10 percent because of a long economic slide that shows no sign of easing anytime soon.Hurricane Maria struck Sept. 20 and, according to the latest figures from the island government, killed at least 45 people. It's too soon to know exactly how many have decamped for the mainland, but Florida says more than 20,000 have come to the state since Oct. 3 . There were already about 1 million Puerto Ricans in the Sunshine State, second only to New York.
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