Northcom providing disaster relief following Hurricane Maria

Lester Mason
September 22, 2017

This hurricane is a straight hit, a Category 5, one of worst to hit Puerto Rico. Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, who also has family on the island, said she fully expects Philadelphia's Puerto Rican population to spike in the wake of Hurricane Maria. "Puerto Rico needs us more than ever, that is why we have joined forces to help any way we can".

Spokespersons for Governor Ricardo Rossello and Puerto Rico's federal oversight board did not immediately respond to requests for comment. "Every dollar counts! Please help us help!" Captain Rodriguez said a huge portion of his family remains in Puerto Rico and, quite frankly, he's terrified.

"They've been in San Juan since Maria passed and I believe they're going today to St. Thomas".

11,000 people are now in shelters, and at least one person has been killed by storm-related causes.

Northcom has begun search and rescue and damage assessment flights in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with six Navy helicopters and three U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft launched from the USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group.

Federal funding also is available to the Commonwealth and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in all 78 municipalities in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

According to Brock, restoring power to USA territories is a logistical challenge because the resources needed are not typically stored on the islands and they have to come from the continental United States.

Maria, which could strengthen somewhat over the next day or so, was forecast to move north in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend, the NHC said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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