Image: Hurricane Maria damages forest and field station at Luquillo CZO, September 2017. Photo: Bill McDowell (LCZO) [Click image to enlarge]
Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 155 mph. The eye of the hurricane passed just south of El Yunque National Forest, home to Luquillo CZO. On September 26, LCZO PI Bill McDowell reported, "We have accounted for almost everyone in our large extended "family". Some people are still isolated. Most have no communications unless they drive somewhere, and gas is just about unavailable. We have not been able to do a real damage assessment in the forest, but damage is severe (photo). We are now able to start getting more people in the field to resume our measurements of critical zone fluxes and ecology, and to assess damage, and where we might need help."
Bill recommends that those wishing to help visit the donation site of Puerto Ricoʻs First Lady Beatriz Roselló, Unidos por Puerto Rico:
11 Sep 2014 - Below are presented some graphs and links to data of stream water monitoring during fthe 2014 hurricane season in Puerto Rico.