Maria’s death toll climbed long after rain stopped

San Juan — Disabled and elderly people were discharged from overwhelmed hospitals with bedsores that led to fatal infections. Medical oxygen ran out. People caught lung infections in sweltering private nursing homes and state facilities. Kidney patients got abbreviated treatments from dialysis centers that lacked generator fuel and fresh water, despite pleas for federal and local officials to treat them as a higher priority, according to patient advocates.

There was Ernesto Curiel, a diabetic who died after walking 10 flights twice a day to fetch insulin from his building's only working refrigerator. Alejandro González Vázquez, 47 — unable to obtain his antipsychotic medication, he killed himself instead of boarding his flight back to the US mainland. Juana Castro Rivera, 52, dead of leptospirosis, a disease transmitted by contaminated water. After several visits to a community clinic, she was diagnosed — too late — by a hospital in a neighbouring municipality.

The joint project interviewed 204 families of the dead and reviewed accounts of 283 more to tell the stories of heretofore anonymous victims. Dozens more have contacted the Quartz, CPI and AP since their results were first reported.

Along with post-storm conditions, each death has a complex mix of causes that can include serious pre-existing conditions and individual decisions by patients, caregivers and doctors, making it difficult to definitively apportion blame in every case. But critics say many could have been saved by better preparation and emergency response.

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Here's how Hurricane Florence can impact the housing market

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James Spencer helps a friend remove valuables from their home as floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence rise at Aberdeen Country Club on September 20, 2018 in Longs, South CarolinaSean Rayford/Getty Images

The number of housing starts increased in August, after two consecutive monthly declines.In the near term, housing starts numbers will decrease due to Hurricane Florence.But longer term, housing demand will continue to be boosted by a growing economy, strong labor market, and demographic tailwinds from millennials.Hurricanes are detrimental to existing homes, and have lifted average labor costs.

Wednesday's Census Bureau report for August is an indication of strength for the housing market. While the number of permits issued, which can signal how much construction is in the pipeline, decreased by 5.5 percent, home building rose in August as housing starts increased 9.4 percent compared with a year ago. The growth in housing starts is welcomed news after two consecutive monthly declines.

"As recovery efforts ramp up, the existing shortage of construction workers will be felt all the more keenly, likely presenting a challenge to rebuilding efforts and further limiting the pace of new home construction."

Furthermore, the number of homes under construction has also increased by 4.6 percent compared to a year ago, indicating a new supply of homes in the future. Finally, this month saw an increase of 11.2 percent in the number of completed homes compared to August of last year, which is additional new net supply added to the housing stock. The continued year-over-year growth in completions means more homes on the market in the short-term, offering some immediate relief in alleviating housing supply shortages.

Several long-term trends are currently boosting housing demand, particularly a growing economy, strong labor market, demographic tailwinds from millennials entering household formation age, and baby boomers living longer and more independently than previous generations. The increase in residential construction jobs, which grew 6.5 percent between August 2017 and August 2018, underscore this rising demand and builder confidence, and indicate that further increases in housing construction may be on the way despite cost challenges and skilled labor shortages. However, the latest developments with Hurricane Florence may pose a threat to this pace.

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Florence floodwaters reveal fish washed up on North Carolina interstate

Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence are leaving quite a fishy situation in North Carolina.

As floodwaters from the hurricane begin to recede more a week after the storm made landfall, first responders on Saturday came across hundreds of dead fish on a stretch of Interstate 40 that had been hit hard by flooding.

"Well, we can add 'washing fish off of the interstate' to the long list of interesting things firefighters get to experience!" the Penderlea Fire Department said in a Facebook post.

The fish were discovered along a stretch of the interstate near Wallace, located about 40 miles northwest of Wilmington, where the storm made landfall.

"Hurricane Florence caused massive flooding in our area and allowed the fish to travel far from their natural habitat, stranding them on the interstate when waters receded," the fire department said.

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Danger remains even as flood waters recede in Hurricane Florence's aftermath

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Google and uBreakiFix offering free Pixel repairs to victims of Hurricane Florence

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