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Hurricane Maria
Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
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Hurricane Maria near peak intensity to the southeast of Puerto Rico on September 19
FormedSeptember 16, 2017
DissipatedOctober 2, 2017
(Extratropical after September 30)
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 175 mph (280 km/h)
Lowest pressure908 mbar (hPa); 26.81 inHg
Fatalities3,059 total
Damage$91.61 billion (2017 USD)
(Third-costliest tropical cyclone on record; costliest in Puerto Rican history)
Areas affectedLesser Antilles (especially Dominica and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands, The Bahamas, Southeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic states
Part of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Maria was a severe Atlantic tropical cyclone in September 2017 which ended in early October 2017.

It was the 13th named storm, 8th hurricane, 5th major hurricane, and a 2nd Category 5 hurricane of the hyperactive 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

Maria is regarded as the worst natural disaster in Dominican and Puerto Rican history. It struck Dominica as a Category 5 hurricane, Guadeloupe, and Puerto Rico as a high-end Category 4 hurricane.[1] Maria was a Category 5 hurricane when she hit Dominica, Guadeloupe, and Puerto Rico.

At her peak, Maria had maximum sustained winds of 175 miles per hour. The storm brushed the Eastern United States.

Tropical storm and hurricane notices were posted from Dominican Republic to the Windward Islands.

The damage from Hurricane Maria was inflicted at $90 billion, especially in Puerto Rico after it made a direct hit and landfall in Puerto Rico as a high-end Category 4 hurricane.

As of August 28, 2018, 3,057 people were estimated to have been killed by the hurricane: 2,975 in Puerto Rico,[2] 65 in Dominica, 5 in the Dominican Republic, 4 in the United States, 3 in Haiti, 2 in Guadeloupe, and 3 in the United States Virgin Islands.

Due to the large number of deaths and amounts of damage it caused especially in Puerto Rico, the name Maria was retired in April 2018 by the World Meteorological Organization, and it was replaced with Margot for the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season.


  1. "Hurricane Maria Hits Puerto Rico". The New York Times. 
  2. Baldwin, Sarah Lynch; Begnaud, David. "Hurricane Maria caused an estimated 2,975 deaths in Puerto Rico, new study finds". CBS News.