Several in Madison worry about their loved ones in Puerto Rico

Posted September 25, 2017

US President Donald Trump said the storm had "totally obliterated" the US territory, and pledged to visit Puerto Rico.

CT residents with family in Puerto Rico are desperate to get in touch with them after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

An emotional Lopez spoke first in Spanish, talking about how Hurricane Maria has ravaged the island, and calling on everyone to get involved in helping to rebuild.

These days, it's easy to be cynical, put blinders on and think only of our own problems.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Saturday that the storm's winds had decreased to 115 miles per hour (185 kph). The airline sent just one more plane to the island over the weekend. It will encourage residents statewide to donate goods and will raise funds from the business community for organizations in Puerto Rico.

After Hurricane Maria, food and water is distrupted to those taking shelter in Ponce, Puerto Rico. "Faced with doubt, we want to identify, be able to evacuate and make sure that people are safe". "We've never seen such destruction".

Operators at the dam on Lake Guajataca in northwestern Puerto Rico reported the dam began to fail Friday afternoon and said it was causing flash floods downstream. Most of her family still lives in Puerto Rico and she has not yet been in direct contact with them. "New Yorkers take care of one another and that spirit extends to this current catastrophe in Puerto Rico and other Hurricane-impacted areas", said U.S. Representative Nydia M. Velázquez.

"We have been collaborating with local priesthood leaders located at the most affected areas in order to assess the situation of our members, missionaries, meetinghouses and the situation in general", they said.

"The last time I spoke to my mother was Tuesday evening, probably around 9 o'clock, obviously they were bracing for the storm", Ron Alvarado said.

40,000 Puerto Ricans live in Cuyahoga County, and 90 percent of them live in the Clark Fulton neighborhood on Cleveland's west side, according to the Hispanic Alliance.

Jose remembers that in 1998 Hurricane George knocked out power for months.

Hartley Henry, an adviser to the prime minister of Dominica, said Wednesday the country was "in a daze" and had no electricity and little communications.