Gov. Baker talks to governor of Puerto Rico, offers aid

Rep. Richard Neal D-Mass. left and Rep. Kevin Brady R-Texas right listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with members of the House Ways and Means committee in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Tuesday Sept. 26 2017 in Washi

Rep. Richard Neal D-Mass. left and Rep. Kevin Brady R-Texas right listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with members of the House Ways and Means committee in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Tuesday Sept. 26 2017 in Washi

She wants to bring awareness to the millions in need. The U.S. government is reported to be considering waiving shipping restrictions to the island to expedite the delivery of aid.

The San Juan Airport and nine other airports are open.

It's been a week since then-category 4 Hurricane Maria made a direct hit on the island, lashing it with winds of up to 150 miles per hour, and more than 40 inches of rain in some areas.

"This is the only way to communicate on the ground in Vieques right now", Roush said from her home near the USA capital.

Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico may offer a preview for Americans of one of the most jarring potential consequences of global warming: The movement of large numbers of people pushed out of their homes by the effects of climate change.

"We're sending a person down soon who will be just in charge of logistics down there because this is turning into a longer term story", Durfee told CNN an interview. "We have a lot of ships out there right now".

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), at the direction of the governor, has announced a statewide donation drive to benefit Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico. The island accumulated a $74 billion debt load after years of borrowing to fill budget deficits as its economy shrank and residents left to find work on the US mainland. Power has been restored to the Schneider Hospital on St. Thomas. That's when the rural, mountainous region in the interior lost power and his father, Roberto Morales, and his wife started living off a generator. Southern Command's Joint Task Force Leeward Islands continues to support State Department humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in the Leeward and Windward Islands, conducting search and rescue operations and evacuating US citizens. They were helping coordinate a federal response that now includes more than 10,000 federal personnel spread across the two Caribbean archipelagos. Durfee said as they struggle with finding food and gas for their reporters, there's also the constant threat of being kicked out of their hotel because diesel for the generator has been so hard to come by. The Jones Act, as explained by Vox.com, requires that items shipped from one American port to another be "American-built, American-owned, and crewed by United States citizens or permanent residents".

In a news release publicizing the lawmakers' letter, Velazquez noted that Trump congratulated his administration on its response to Hurricane Maria at a news conference Tuesday. The Grants also look forward to one to two trips to the US territory each year. When it comes to Puerto Rico, there is a "sufficient capacity" of USA ships, but limited port capacity to offload and transit needed goods, he said. Port operations are hampered by decimated infrastructure.

The roads are passable now, but the community is still isolated.

"There are thousands of containers in the port of San Juan right now", said Diana Emmanuelli, a Maria evacuee.

She last spoke with her mother's side of the family on Friday. Most of it remains sitting at the company's terminal in San Juan, he said. "I mean, that place was just destroyed", Trump said. Power is out across the island. "We feel pretty helpless, my dad lost everything so he doesn't have an ID, so he can't even make it to the airport to fly out, so at this point, there's nothing we can do", Cheverez said. Furthermore, there is lack of fuel on the island and so there are a limited number of trucks available to move the goods around. He traveled to San Juan on September 22 with Governor Andrew Cuomo, a crew of engineers, police officers and federal officials. They had little water, little food, no working ATMs and no idea when they would get out.

But a Defense Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said earlier this week that the Comfort was not deployed before then because the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), which is overseeing disaster relief on the island, had not requested it. The government is bankrupt. The commonwealth declared bankruptcy in May and has stopped making payments on much of its more than $70 billion in debt. "The problem now is distributing supplies from Puerto Rico's ports inland by surface transportation".

He said that all he can do is pray that his family is okay.

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