DISCUSSION: In the days now following the largest impacts from Hurricane Maria, there continues to be major damage issues across the islands of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Hispaniola, etc. As a result of this large-scale aftermath of Maria, many people are just trying to begin to start returning their lives to some reasonable sense of normalcy. In that light, Hurricane Maria has already turned a lot of heads due to the fact that this tropical cyclone has inflicted tremendous damage across Puerto Rico as well as parts of the central Caribbean (including but not limited to the Dominican Republic, Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, as well as the southern/central Bahamas). It is a very unfortunate (but educational) situation since it will likely be many weeks to months until power and other basic functions are restored to the thousands of people and families living across the entire island. Hence, there will undoubtedly be tremendous unrest in terms of there being major long-term impacts from the storm surge as well as the intense winds which impacted the entire island for several hours. It goes without saying that such a destructive tropical cyclone should help to educate the general public about the inherent threat which is tied to landfalls from intense tropical cyclones anywhere in the world. The main lesson from this latest destructive tropical cyclone being that a single storm has the natural ability to forever change lives in a matter of minutes to hours.
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