US Territories’ September 10-16, 2018 news week in tweets

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Trump Denies Puerto Rico’s Official Death Toll

In a series of tweets, Donald Trump denied that around 3,000 people had died due to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. He has expressed great suspicion over the death toll increasing from 64 to 2,975.

Military Assessment Finds Potential for Government Failure High after Hurricane Maria

A military assessment written five days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands warned that the potential for government failure and humanitarian crisis in the territories was high. This report was revealed after Trump tweeted stating that Puerto Rico’s recovery was a “huge success.”

Tesla Helps American Samoan Island Run on Solar Power

Ta’U runs solely on renewable energy, most of which is solar energy. Thousands of solar panels have been installed throughout the island, and Tesla Powerpacks help to store the energy. The islands can run on solar power for three days, and the batteries are able to be recharged in seven hours.

Guam Hit by Typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut hit Guam on Monday and is moving through the Pacific towards Hong Kong. As of Thursday morning, electricity has not been restored in parts of Guam. The Guam Power Authority is working to remove vegetation and restore power lines in those areas.

CNMI Requests US for Emergency Declaration

After Typhoon Mangkhut hit the Northern Mariana Islands, the governor asked Trump for an emergency declaration. The governor stated that the typhoon was so strong, the CNMI government is incapable to effectively responding.