A man walks in his house which was destroyed by Hurricane Maria, in Catano town, Juana Matos, Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017. (AFP / HECTOR RETAMAL)
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Hurricane Maria lashed the Turks and Caicos Islands Friday after destroying homes, causing widespread flooding, crippling economies and killing at least 25 people on Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.Maria was the second major hurricane to hit the Caribbean this month and the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years. Maria's tail end was still bringing drenching rain to Puerto Rico, and some parts of the island could have accumulated totals of up to 101 cm from the storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.The hurricane was headed northwest and expected to bring a storm surge -- ocean water pushed inland -- of as much as 3.7 meters above normal tide levels to parts of the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, killed more than 80 people in the Caribbean and the United States.More than two months remain in the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, although the busiest period of storms is generally from mid-August to mid-October.
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