Hurricane Maria survivors reunite three years later

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Central Floridians gathered together Sunday to remember the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico three years ago this month.

Many of those who attended were once refugees from the storm’s damage, and are now living here in Central Florida.

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The Puerto Rican community came together Sunday in celebration, to ensure that the tragedy isn’t forgotten.

“Maria is not going to be forgotten,” said Mildred Wright of Organize Florida. “We are celebrating the families who came from Puerto Rico with nothing, and they have achieved so much.”

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Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane in September 2017.

Many of the families who survived the storm reunited at the Super 8 motel in Kissimmee to remember the lives they left behind in Puerto Rico.

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More than 3,000 lives were lost during hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico is still recovering from Hurricane Maria and several earthquakes over the last two years. It took over a year to restore power to most communities. The storm caused nearly $90 billion worth of damage