Hurricane Maria

A month and a half after hurricane Maria, the VA Caribbean Healthcare system is delivering care in unconventional ways. And it's helping veterans whose PTSD was triggered by the storm.

PONCE, PUERTO RICO -  North Carolina National Guard SSG Joe Rodriguez carries donated water and MRE's for Nani Soto in a distribution center in a sports arena in the Southern town of Ponce, the 2nd largest city in Puerto Rico, on October 20, 2017.
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It has been more than five weeks since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Close to three-quarters of residents on the island are still without power. Many also still do not have access to food or safe drinking water. 

1st Lt. Erin Graham of the North Carolina National Guard inspects a washed out bridge in the small Puerto Rico community of Vallaja.
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A North Carolina-based engineering battalion is making slow progress repairing roads that were blocked or damaged in Hurricane Maria. But months of work lies ahead.

More than a week after Hurricane Maria, the Air Force continues daily medical evacuation flights from St. Croix. Patients are heading to South Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere.

Military C-130 and C-17 aircraft have been outfitted with medical equipment, as the Air Force flies patients to hospitals in the mainland U.S.

flooding along the Outer Banks after Hurricane Maria
Ben Finley / AP

Updated 10:15 a.m., Sept. 28

North Carolina's Outer Banks are reopening to tourists after Hurricane Maria brushed past the barrier islands and caused some coastal flooding.

File photo of a lone car waiting to be loaded on a ferry to Ocracoke Island in Hatteras, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. An evacuation is underway on Ocracoke Island on North Carolina's Outer Banks as Hurricane Maria moves north.
Ben Finley / AP

Updated 2:25 p.m., Sept. 26

Storm surge from Hurricane Maria is flooding some parts of the Outer Banks. Forecasters are watching waters rise in the southern Pamlico Sound and the Outer Banks as the storm's outer bands sweep across the North Carolina coast.