After Hurricane Irma's strike on Puerto Rico, dealing with the personal tragedies and damage from the powerful storm remains front and center for the government.
However, some investors are starting to quietly question the impact on Puerto Rico's widely held, but troubled municipal bonds. They're extremely popular among investors on the U.S. mainland because they're tax free and generally pay a higher yield than most other municipal bonds offered in the 50 states.
Some hedge fund managers believe there may be a potential financial benefit for Puerto Rican bondholders because of this unfortunate tragedy.
Odeon Capital's Andrew Gadlin says the most widely held debt, general obligation bonds, "could arguably benefit from widespread rebuilding on the island and consumer spending with funds from insurance companies and FEMA, which might provide a shot of liquidity into a stagnant economy."
However, other bonds could see serious problems due to damage brought on by the hurricane.
"Power outages and water main destruction would be unequivocally bad for Electric Power Authority and Water Authority bonds issued by the island," Gadlin said.
Irma, one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the Atlantic, has caused widespread damage to Puerto Rico, knocking out power to 70 percent of the island. Power companies say it could be months before all power is restored.
Puerto Rico's Gov. Ricardo Rossello declared a state of emergency in advance of the storm authorizing all necessary expenses from the cash strapped island to deal with Irma.
Spending money is an especially crucial issue in Puerto Rico because of its massive debts to bondholders.