How Hurricane Maria’s heavy rains devastated Puerto Rico’s forests

Waterlogged soils, strong winds and intense rainfall together toppled and snapped trees

Toro Negro State Forest

Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico’s forests, including the Toro Negro State Forest (shown). Tree species with dense wood snapped about as easily as less dense trees, and heavy rainfall played an outsized role in the destruction, new analyses find.

Kevin Krajick/Earth Institute/Columbia University

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