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Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica and Puerto Rico

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The tenth most intense Atlantic hurricane, Maria is the worst natural disaster to hit Dominica. It also caused widespread devastation in Puerto Rico. The hurricane's highest winds were around 175 miles per hour. Hurricane Maria formed on September 16, 2017, and dissipated on October 3, 2017. At least 94 people were killed by the hurricane. The maximum casualties were reported in Puerto Rico, where 51 people lost their lives. Dominica was the second most affected with 28 deaths. Other deaths were reported in contiguous United States, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guadeloupe, and the United States Virgin Islands. The hurricane is unofficially acknowledged as the fifth costliest hurricane, while it is the costliest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico.