Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Haiti declares a state of emergency. All schools, universities, industrial parks and airports will be closed from midnight, while a nationwide curfew will be in force from 8pm to 5am.
The United States Department of Homeland Security announces that it will end temporary protected status for thousands of Nicaraguan migrants while decisions await for thousands more from El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras.
Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane. Effects are disastrous and the entire island loses power. Seven deaths are reported on Puerto Rico, along with two on Guadeloupe. Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló declares a 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew through Saturday. [http:--www.nhc.noaa.gov-archive-2017-al15-al152017.public_a.017.shtml (NHC)] [https:--www.reuters.com-article-us-storm-maria-hurricane-maria-slams-puerto-rico-with-high-rains-storm-surge-idUSKCN1BT1RW (Reuters)] [https:--www.telegraph.co.uk-news-2017-09-20-hurricane-maria-path-latest-news-live-puerto-rico-virgin-islands- ("The Telegraph")] [https:--www.washingtonpost.com-news-post-nation-wp-2017-09-20-hurricane-maria-takes-aim-at-puerto-rico-with-force-not-seen-in-modern-history- ("The Washington Post")] [https:--www.nytimes.com-2017-09-20-us-hurricane-maria-puerto-rico.html ("The New York Times")]Now a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, Maria is moving toward the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, and is forecast to affect the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas Thursday night and northern Haiti Friday. [http:--www.nhc.noaa.gov-text-refresh-MIATCPAT5+shtml-202038.shtml? (National Hurricane Center²)]The National Hurricane Center predicts Puerto Rico's total rainfall through Saturday will be 20 – in inches with 35 in in isolated areas. The Virgin Islands will receive an additional 3 to in. [http:--www.nhc.noaa.gov-text-refresh-MIATCPAT5+shtml-210259.shtml? (National Hurricane Center³)] Hurricane Maria