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Those of us who have survived and even thrived throughout the economic depression and now in the aftermath of the hurricane are stronger than ever.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — In the nearly five months since Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, thousands have left for the mainland, and some are relocating permanently, joining the over half a million over the last decade who have left the island as it’s grappled with a prolonged recession.

Those who have left since the storm made landfall in mid-September cite the destruction to homes and towns, the persistent power outages and the island’s economic problems.

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