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Mexico City is in the midst of a continuing tragedy - searching for buried survivors after yesterday's powerful earthquake.

Puerto Rico is in the midst of a continuing tragedy as Category 5 Hurricane Maria bears down on the island for another 12 to 13 hours.

“[Maria] will essentially devastate most of the island,” Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said in a Monday interview with USA Today. Most of the nation’s 3.4 million residents will lose power, structures will be destroyed, and neighborhoods will be flooded. There will be food and supply shortages. People will die. And the recovery will be especially difficult due to Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy and the $1 billion in damage wrought by Irma. But on top of all this, Maria could worsen the many environmental calamities that already exist on the island, posing even greater threats to public health—particularly in low-income areas—as boricuas struggle to recover from the storm...

My second cousin and some other extended family members live in Puerto Rico - in areas directly in the path of the storm as the eye crosses the island.

My housekeeper's family and the families of several friends live in Mexico City.

Please send out kind thoughts and prayers for the safety of the affected people in Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and for all those previously impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters are tragic and - in many instances (especially on islands) - impossible for people in the zone of danger to avoid.

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