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Thousands of Puerto Ricans land in Florida, fleeing the misery left by Hurricane Maria

Thousands of Puerto Ricans land in Florida, fleeing the misery left by Hurricane Maria

Throngs of Puerto Ricans waving flags, balloons and homemade banners gathered at Port Everglades on Tuesday to greet a massive cruise ship carrying more than 3,300 hurricane evacuees from the Caribbean.

As a boombox blasted salsa beats and Luis Fonsi’s summer hit “Despacito,” a long parade of evacuees from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands set foot on the mainland and the crowd erupted in cheers of “Puerto Rico se levanta!” — Puerto Rico is rising.

Some evacuees were tourists who had been stranded on the island, but many were longtime residents fleeing the only home they had ever known. Hundreds were frail, many in wheelchairs. Others pushed strollers and...

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