Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard shows the massive impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico.
In September of 2017, the hurricane struck the island as a Category 4 storm with winds up to 155 miles per hour.
The storm destroyed homes and caused the longest electricity blackout in U.S. history.
Aerial surveys reveal the devastation, with damage across 40 to 60 percent of the tall trees that formed the canopy of the forest.
Research scientist Doug Morton was on a team of NASA researchers who had surveyed Puerto Rico’s forests six months before the storm.
“Maria gave the island’s forests a haircut,” .said Morton. “The island lost so many large trees that the overall height of forests was shortened by one-third. We basically saw 60 years’ worth of what we would otherwise consider natural treefall disturbances happen in one day.”
Video Credit: NASA Goddard