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Fresh produce in trouble

Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico

The hurricane has weakened in intensity to a category 4, however still is extremely dangerous. The wind speeds can reach 155mph (250 km/h), according to the US National Hurricane Center. Maria made landfall Wednesday local time, in the south of Puerto Rico. It has been 85 years, since a storm like this has hit Puerto Rico. The island was mostly spared by the previous Hurricane Irma, which just passed a few days ago. The expected path of Maria shows the whole island will be hit.

Source: US National Hurricane Center

A producer has explained that the wind speeds are over 100 mph at the moment. “We worry that papaya and vegetable production will be devastated. As far as the mango production goes, we will have to see as we haven't experienced such a strong hurricane ever before. Expectations are that this will last until tomorrow, as the hurricane travels slowly over our country.”

Publication date: 9/20/2017
Author: Kelly den Herder
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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