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The poorly repaired power lines are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the neglect displayed towards of Puerto Rico. For years, the island has been overlooked and in financial turmoil. Days before the hurricane struck, Susanne Ramírez de Arellano, a journalist, writer and a former news director for Univision Puerto Rico ( as well as a Latino Rebels contributor), alerted key people on major networks —ABC News, NBC, Univision and Telemundo— about the imminent danger of a hurricane of that magnitude. She expected to receive the same response as to forecasts of hurricanes Irma and Harvey, but that wasn’t the case.

According to Ramírez de Arellano, you don’t need a science degree to look at charts and see how damaging the hurricane would be to the island. Yet, in contrast to the time it took for reporters to be camping out in Florida and Texas awaiting Irma and Harvey, no one turned their eyes towards Puerto Rico with the same threat hanging over the island, even though it is a U.S. territory.

Carlos Vargas-Ramos, a Research Associate at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at the City University of New York’s Hunter College, says it was evident the hurricane would affect all 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico and 3.3 million people, but the news outlets didn’t give it their full attention during or after and “certainly not before the hurricane.”

According to data collected by that contains the percent of sentences per day in online news (digital media websites, such as Mashable, Buzzfeed, and Huffington Post, and web-versions of news outlets, such as CNN, Fox News, and LA Times), there were much fewer mentions of Puerto Rico than of Texas and Florida. That number, however, spiked to the highest points on two dates: September 26, 2017, when President Trump tweeted about providing more help and visiting the island, October 3, 2017, when Trump landed in Puerto Rico, bringing no specific relief to the hurricane survivors.

While most U.S. media looked the other way, a set of two battery-powered lamps and two flashlights were Capó’s life for three months with no electricity in Puerto Rico. And she was privileged— around 22,562 families still have no power at home.

Capó’s younger daughter, Camila Muñoz, who left for New Jersey after the hurricane and came back in December, felt the drastic consequences or the path to recovery in Puerto Rico were barely recognized on American television, with less than two minutes of broadcast coverage a day, after which then the anchors would move on. That made her turn to social media, where she usually gets the news, and Puerto Rican news pages.

Ramírez de Arellano, frustrated by the lack of coverage and overall attention, wrote an opinion piece for The Guardian. She says that the night of the hurricane, the following night and up till this moment people have been turning to social media to get immediate updates on the situation from her friends’ Facebook and Twitter accounts and local media on social networks.

Dr. Royce Lee, an associate professor of psychiatry at The University of Chicago, says the range of traumas and stressors that can cause people to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has become more inclusive over the years. Based on research, experiencing, witnessing or even learning about serious threats to the self or those close to you is enough to cause it, according to Lee.

“If you think about natural disasters, there are both threats to the self and there are also threats to the people close to you, like family or friends, and we think those kinds of stressors are severe enough that they can cause PTSD in some people,” Lee says.

Yet, as some families and individuals have fled and are still fleeing the island, unable to rebuild their lives or find jobs, Capó doesn’t want to leave. She is as attached to the island as her father, whose song “Soñando con Puerto Rico” (Dreaming of Puerto Rico) describes everything there is to be missed about the island: the breeze, the waves, the blue sky, and “the aroma of coffee.”