Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Puerto Rico's weather forecasters fight worry, fatigue to stay focused

Puerto Rico's weather forecasters fight worry, fatigue to stay focused

Twitter user Michelle H., a student in Puerto Rico, saw a bird stranded during the storm and like any animal lover, knew she had to help the defenseless animal.

The Democratic governor said Thursday that NY will also be delivering emergency supplies on a plane donated by JetBlue and providing specialists to help fix the island's devastated power structure.

Hurricane Maria came ashore as a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday, hitting the island with devastating winds and torrential rains.

"We are sending an assessment team to Puerto Rico and are having trouble getting in".

"Gov. Rosselló didn't have to ask", Cuomo said at the news conference.

Francisco Soto, 42, of Davenport, is a pressman at the Quad-City Times, and his entire family lives in Puerto Rico.

"My whole family is in Puerto Rico, so now I'm dealing with this one", Torres said.

After losing contact the Coast Guard put out an urgent marine broadcast, and a joint U.S-British search with air and surface units began.

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The boaters, on board a 146-foot former oceanographic research vessel called the Ferrel, had spent a terrifying 24 hours with the engine disabled.

An adult male who died in the capsizing was inside the vessel and could not be reached, Coast Guard officials said.

President Donald Trump declared that a major disaster existed in both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, ordering federal assistance to supplement the U.S. territories and their local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the hurricane.

Cuomo says NY has the largest Puerto Rican community outside of the island, and many are anxious about their relatives there.

When Hurricane Maria tore through the U.S. commonwealth on Wednesday, reducing homes to rubble and taking out its power grid, it also took down Puerto Rico's two weather radars.

The supplies they are bringing include generators, 36,000 bottles of water, 10,000 meals, 3,000 canned goods, 1,400 cots, blankets and pillows, and 500 flashlights.

"La Perla", one of the worst slums in San Juan, and which was thoroughly inspected by Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt touring the last phase of her economic survey in the West Indies.

Hurricane Harvey caused severe flooding in Texas and Hurricane Irma followed close behind, wreaking havoc on several Caribbean nations and Florida.

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