Flights arrive at Orlando International Airport from Puerto Rico

25 September, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • Travel Impacted to Caribbean Islands Due to Hurricane Irma

Authorities in the town of Vega Alta on the north coast said they had been unable to reach an entire neighborhood called Fatima, and were particularly anxious about residents of a nursing home. It holds back a man-made lake covering about 2 square miles (5 square kilometers).

"We lost our house, it was completely flooded", said resident Carmen Gloria Lamb, a resident near the rain-swollen Guajataca.

The government called the situation "extremely unsafe".

Diana Jaquez, one of the owners of the Coquette hair salon in the Santurce area, assessed damage from the storm with her husband.

"It's a structural failure. I've never seen something like that", she said.

At least 10 people have been confirmed killed by the storm, according to Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's office.

Flights from OIA to San Juan keep getting rescheduled.

"Business has dropped a lot", she said.

"Federal partners are aggressively working to meet and overcome challenges to opening ports and restoring power to bring additional life-saving commodities and personnel into disaster-affected areas", FEMA said in a statement Saturday about efforts in Puerto Rico and another territory, the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The death toll from Maria in Puerto Rico was at least 10, including two police officers who drowned in floodwaters in the western town of Aguada.

The storm is also blamed in 15 deaths in the Caribbean nation of Dominica and one death on Guadeloupe, officials have said.

By Friday afternoon, Maria was passing northeast of the Turks and Caicos with winds of 125 miles per hour (205 kph). A hurricane warning remained in effect for those islands as well as the southeastern Bahamas.

Maj. Gen. Derek P. Rydholm, deputy to the chief of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, said at the Pentagon that it was impossible to say when communication and power would be restored.

Israel Molina, 68, found that Maria had ripped away roofing from his Israel Mini Market in San Juan.

"I'm from here. I believe we have to step up to the task".

"We're going to start it with great gusto, but it's in very, very, very perilous shape". The Hyatt I was staying in ended up being evacuated. "I might have a different response tomorrow".

The territory's $73 billion debt crisis has left agencies like the state power company broke. "These swells will likely cause unsafe surf and rip currents at the beach through much of next week", the hurricane center said.

"Maria is a powerful Latina monster and she has come with all her fury", he said. "People have other priorities than looking good". "The walls were shaking, the chandelier was shaking, the floor was shaking; then they moved us into a stairwell where for eight hours, 20 people were in a room the size of a bathroom and the wind just sounded like a freight train".

An aerial view shows damage to the Guajataca dam in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico September 23, 2017. Until Friday, he said, "there was no real understanding at all of the gravity of the situation".

American Airlines was the first USA airline to restore service.

The government has hired 56 small contractors to clear trees and put up new power lines and poles and will be sending tanker trucks to supply neighborhoods as they run out of water. Ships and barges carrying meals, water, generators and other supplies were making their way to the islands, with more supplies being flown in.

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