US Territories’ September 17-23 2018 news week in tweets
Puerto Ricans Still Waiting for Home Repairs
In Puerto Rico, of the 1.1 million people who requested help from FEMA, about 58% were denied. 75% of those who appealed were rejected again. The median grant given to repair homes was $1,800; comparatively $9,127 was paid to survivors of Hurricane Harveyhttps://t.co/rkwVZzeRsD
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) September 21, 2018
One year after Hurricane Maria hit the territory, many homes in Puerto Rico are still in ruins. The grants provided by FEMA were not nearly enough to cover the cost of repairs.
Remembering the US Virgin Islands One Year After the Hurricanes
Let's not FORGET that the Virgin Islands was also hit by not only Hurricane Irma BUT also hurricane Maria. America please don't forget about the Virgin Islands – we are apart of AMERICA. #VIStrong
— Rep. Stacey Plaskett (@StaceyPlaskett) September 20, 2018
Delegate of the US Virgin Islands, Stacey Plaskett, told her Twitter followers not to forget the US Virgin Islands, as news organizations covered the destruction from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico over the past week.
American Samoa Dubbed Final Destination For World Cleanup Day
How I got American Samoa on the map for #WorldCleanupDay2018https://t.co/3KQB6pHqSR
— Nerelle (@nerelleque) September 17, 2018
On September 15, American Samoans participated in World Cleanup Day, a day in which various organizations participate picking up waste across the globe.
Tropical Storm Forming West of Guam
Tropical storm #Trami has formed to the west of Guam – right now all mode guidance suggests this will be a strong #typhoon and cause someone problems late next week. If you live in typhoon alley you know the drill pic.twitter.com/61KCC9sn6E
— James Reynolds (@EarthUncutTV) September 21, 2018
Tropical Storm Trami has formed west of Guam and is expected to form into a typhoon. This comes about a week after Typhoon Mangkhut moved through the Pacific, affecting Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Philippines, and Hong Kong.
Marijuana Legalized in CNMI
CNMI Cannabis Act of 2018 pic.twitter.com/I2oFafrOOV
— N° (@zuzuboi_) September 21, 2018
The governor of the Northern Mariana Islands signed the bill to legalize medical and recreational marijuana. The territory is the first place to legalize marijuana through lawmakers as opposed to through a vote.