Our friend and colleague, Rafa Irizarry, released a new analysis of death records recently released by the Institute of Statistics.
Using vital statistics from Puerto Rico, Louisiana, New Jersey and Florida we compared the effects of María to other recent hurricanes
We estimate about 3,000 excess deaths after María, a higher toll than Katrina. Only other comparable tragedy was after Georges, also in PR.
— Rafael Irizarry (@rafalab) September 5, 2018