"The large eye of Hurricane Maria lumbered toward the popular vacation islands of Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas on Thursday, leaving Puerto Rico and its Caribbean neighbors battered, drenched and largely without power.
"The core of Maria, a major hurricane, is forecast to pass just east of the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas early Friday.
"The Category 3 storm has sustained winds of 125 mph, the US National Hurricane Center said.
"In just 24 hours, Maria dumped almost 40 inches of rain on parts of Puerto Rico, where millions of residents won't have power for months. Most of the island saw more than a foot of precipitation as Maria turned streets into raging rivers." CNN (9/22)/ Holly Yan, Euan McKirdy, & Jaide Timm-Garcia
..."273 people have died in the 7.1 magnitude earthquake, which struck Mexico on Tuesday (9/19). Officials said 1,900 people had been injured, while thousands have lost their homes. Hopes that more survivors would be found were fading on Thursday.
"Parts of Mexico City have been devastated, but the states of Morelos and Puebla were particularly badly hit. The death toll stood at 73 in Morelos, while authorities in Puebla declared a state of 'extraordinary emergency' in 112 municipalities -- equivalent to 51% of the region." - The Guardian (9/21)/ Adam Gabbatt, Mathew Weaver
"Topos México is a nonprofit rescue brigade made up of volunteers that was created after a 1985 earthquake. The group posted to Twitter information on how to donate through PayPal and its bank accounts, and thanked people for their support.Topos México ✔ @topos.
"Gracias por ayudar a nuestra labor: Santander 92000709294 CLABE 014180920007092942/ Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org topos.mx" - New York Times (9/20)/ Aodhan Beirne & Christina Caron
Puerto Rico: Please give to Edificio Cruz Roja Americana Capítulo de Puerto Rico: Predios de Centro Médico/ Calle José Celso Barbosa/ Río Piedras, PR 00935/ 787-758-8150
Puerto Rico: Please give to The Salvation Army: 1679 Avenida Juan Ponce de León/ San Juan, PR 00909/ +1 787-942-1110
Mexico: Please give to Cruz Roja Mexico: Calle Juan Luis Vives 200/ Colonia Polanco/ México D.F. 11510/ (5255) 10 84 45 05 /email@example.com
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