Worried Lowcountry mom hears from son in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

While the people of Puerto Rico scramble to get their bearings as Hurricane Maria moves out of the area, first responders with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s Texas Task Force 1 are already in position to travel to the island and begin assisting in search-and-rescue missions. Another plane on Sunday took blankets and other supplies. She added that regular service likely won’t resume until Wednesday. Some high-ranking officials like Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt have been doing their best to deflect question about whether the storms are related to climate change, but scientists say they likely are, even if the phenomenon is not yet intricately understood. “When are they going to open the airports”, Pacheco said.


Others boarding the flight were Puerto Rican residents who had been stranded in the United States when the hurricane hit. “The official hospitals stopped operating”.

“That’s why we can’t contact my family”, Quinones said. But he was anxious about reports of looting and crime and concerned for those who had not heard from their loved ones.

In a manner similar to Hurricane Jose, Maria will drop out of the strong upper-level winds of the jet stream, trapping the storm and preventing its escape out to sea for several days.

Mercader: Thank you. We will rebuild, but we need help.

The hurricane has claimed more than 33 lives across the region, and is the second devastating storm to hit the Caribbean this hurricane season. “They have nothing”, she said.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello tweeted (in Spanish) that he had assessed the damage to the dam by flying over the area. “However, the islands in the region are largely without power, water and food is in short supply”.

One of the biggest concerns facing Puerto Rico is their lack of electricity. People come to Puerto Rico to experience all Matienzo loves about his home.

In addition to worrying about their families, Rochester area people are scrambling to put together some relief efforts.

Overflow from the damaged Guajataka River Dam is seen in San Sebastian, in the west of Puerto Rico, on September 23, 2017.

The are an estimated 13,000 Puerto Ricans living in Minnesota, including DFL State Sen.


“What you end up with is people living in a barracks situation with generators, and communicable diseases become a huge problem”, said Dr. Natalie Nierenberg, an infectious disease specialist at Tufts Medical Center.

Philadelphians hoping to reach family in Puerto Rico