First airline flights land in Puerto Rico since Maria hit

Posted September 25, 2017

Fearful of checking out of hotels in case they could not get on the few flights available, anxious passengers waited in long lines at Puerto Rico's main airport, struggling to get through to loved ones and airlines alike. "This is an extremely risky and life-threatening situation".

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló's office confirmed that at least ten people have been killed as a result of the megastorm. An estimated 70,000 people could be affected.

Cuomo said the federal government isn't doing enough to help Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The following are just some of the harrowing scenes Puerto Ricans now face in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. "This storm crushed us from one end of the island to the other".

Barakey said this time around, they're dealing with a lot more damage and zero communication, as the entire island is without power. United said an additional cargo trip is planned for Monday. The storm was located around 295 miles east of the central Bahamas at 8 p.m. ET.

Days after Hurricane Maria pounded the island of Puerto Rico, killing at least 10 people, authorities are starting to see firsthand the scope of devastation that left the U.S. territory off the grid.

The National Weather Service in San Juan, the island's capital, on Monday continued a flood warning for western Puerto Rico.

Ryan said Congress is working with the administration to make sure Puerto Rico gets all of the help that's required.

The Puerto Rican government has hired contractors to clear trees and help rebuild power lines.

Guaynabo resident Ramon Caldero and his family hunkered down in their kitchen during the storm, which caused part of the ceiling to collapse in his sister's room.

"I'm disgusted", Cuomo also told WCBS 880. "My sister was screaming".

"I don't know if I can keep going", the 73-year-old cafe owner said Friday after mopping up water that seeped into her shop, the awning sitting in a heap on her counter. "I have my family there, I have my wife, my daughter, and I live there still. and we really need your help".

"The conditions are dire", the star told PEOPLE. She said she hadn't decided whether to leave the island. "Very sad what happened to Puerto Rico", Trump said before a meeting at the U.N. General Assembly. Ramos said he hopes to start launching helicopters by this weekend to begin inspecting the lines. Heavy rain, high winds, and raging seas were lashing the northern coast of the Caribbean nation still cleaning up from Irma's wrath. "Puerto Ricans are very passionate about family and Puerto Rico in general so even if you know your family is safe seeing the land you love destroyed is a very frightful and scary feeling". JJ Watt's YouCaring campaign raised more than $37.1 million for Hurricane Harvey victims.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Saturday that the storm's winds had decreased to 115 miles per hour (185 kph).

"Jen and Alex are making personal phone calls to their celebrity friends and heads of corporations and asking them to donate either funds, planes or money to get supplies to Puerto Rico", says a source. Haiti reported three deaths; Guadeloupe, two; and the Dominican Republic, one. "In summary, the island has been devastated". "People have other priorities than looking good".

Many structures on the island, including hospitals, remain badly damaged and flooded. His home was not as badly damaged, so he plans to stay despite the lack of water and electricity.

A helicopter was scheduled to fly out as soon as Saturday to assess the damage to the system, said Mike Hyland, senior vice president of engineering services for the American Public Power Association, the industry group for municipal utilities. More than 3,000 first responders are on the French Caribbean islands, according to Collomb.