A mix of meteorological conditions has conspired over the past week to make the storm unusually large and powerful.
In a state where one in five residents is over 65, caring for older residents is one of the main challenges in planning for Hurricane Irma as it heads toward Florida.
The death toll is at least 11, and nearly 70 percent of households in Puerto Rico were without power.
A wealth of data is available at your fingertips on the internet, but individual data points can be misleading.
Dozens of blazes burning across Oregon and Washington have tainted the air and sent ash raining down on urban centers.