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Jennifer Lopez Sends A Message Out on behalf of the Citizens of Puerto Rico – Hurricane Maria

Jennifer Lopez Sends A Message Out on behalf of the Citizens of Puerto Rico – Hurricane Maria

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Jennifer Lopez Sends A Message Out on behalf of the Citizens of Puerto Rico – Devastating Caribbean Hurricanes
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Hurricane Maria churns through Caribbean as ravaged Puerto Rico takes stock of an ‘island destroyed’

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Search-and-rescue efforts on this storm-ravaged island redoubled Thursday as residents took stock of the devastation left by Hurricane Maria, which continued to plague the U.S. territory in the form of dangerous flash floods even as its core drifted northwest to deliver a weaker but still punishing blow to the Dominican Republic.

The powerful storm knocked out power to the entire island and felled cellphone towers, leaving many residents unable to call for help or communicate with family members. Downed trees blocked roadways, some of which were turned into fast-flowing, muddy rivers. The obstacles made it difficult for authorities to assess the full scope of damage, but they were already estimating that the potential cost to reach into the billions.

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“Today, we’re working on that assessment, evaluating what in terms of money what is the real cost of the aftermath of the hurricane,” said Carlos Mercader, a Washington-based spokesman for Gov. Ricardo Roselló. “But I can tell you, from what I’ve been hearing from the governor, there’s total devastation.”

A more immediate concern for many here, however, is the flooding as the hurricane’s trailing bands continue to deliver waves of heavy rainfall. “Catastrophic flooding is occurring on the island, especially in areas of mountainous terrain, and everyone in Puerto Rico should continue to follow advice from local officials to avoid these life-threatening flooding conditions,” the National Hurricane Center said in its mid-morning advisory.

Maria — now a Category 3 hurricane — was expected to gather some fresh strength over open water before taking aim at the Turks and Caicos Islands, which were battered earlier this month by Hurricane Irma on its deadly path toward Florida.

Maria may spare the U.S. mainland. The current National Hurricane Center forecasts show it veering sharply to the north and spinning up the Atlantic in the corridor between Bermuda and the Atlantic seaboard. But the ultimate path — either closer or farther from the U.S. coast — was still unclear and influenced by weather forces from the remnants of Hurricane Jose now off New England.

“Months and months and months and months are going to pass before we can recover from this,” Felix Delgado, the mayor of the northern coastal city of Catano, told the Associated Press.

First responders, including a fire-rescue team deployed from Fairfax, Va., had to ride out the storm for hours before emerging to help people late Wednesday. In the meantime, calls to emergency services went in vain. A family in the southern coastal town of Guayama, for example, reportedly pleaded for help as they were trapped in their home with rising water.

In Hato Rey, a San Juan business district, a woman sought assistance as she was experiencing labor pains. “Unfortunately, our staff cannot leave,” Gómez said at the news conference. “They will be rescued later.”

William “Brock” Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told The Washington Post that rescue and recovery operations are poised to help the U.S. territories — and had significant resources already deployed in the area as a result of Hurricane Irma, which hit the region just days ago.

“Right now we’re in wait-and-see mode,” Long said Wednesday afternoon. “We know that St. Croix took a tremendous hit, and we know obviously Puerto Rico took the brunt of the storm. Once the weather clears and the seas die down, we’ll be in full operation.”
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2017-09-22T21:26:41.000Z

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