Graduate student's hurricane research driven by desire to help home

Penn State graduate student Kelly Nunez Oscasio is studying how tropical cyclones form.

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Penn State graduate student Kelly Nunez Oscasio stands in front of the Arecibo Observatory, one of the world's largest telescopes, in her native Puerto Rico. At Penn State, Oscasio is studying how tropical cyclones form. She hopes to help communities like Puerto Rico better prepare for these devastating storms. Image: Penn State

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — It had been five days since Hurricane Maria made landfall with Puerto Rico, and Kelly Nunez Ocasio still hadn’t heard from her father.

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Graduate student's hurricane research

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