Cuomo heads to Puerto Rico to survey damage

  • Cuomo heads to Puerto Rico to survey damage

Cuomo heads to Puerto Rico to survey damage

Cruz: Carlos Mercader is a spokesperson for Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rosselló.

"She was talking about how everything that she saw out the window was just scary like the magnitude of the winds and the flooding", said Morales. "But we know how to survive". "It's time to get people out".

In the aftermath of the storm, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló made an official governor-to-governor request to NY to ask for essential supplies, services and assistance in assessing the severely damaged power grid. Puerto Rico is experiencing widespread flooding, and it seems the entire island has lost power.

Apocalyptic footage shows massive torrents of water cascading through the landscape - plummeling everything in its way.

"This is an extremely unsafe and life-threatening situation".

The northwestern municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas are being evacuated, with the weather service saying: "Move to higher ground now".

"It feels frustrating, like I have my hands tied", Vazquez said of not being able to help her family.

Aerial view of the devastation at Palma Real Shopping Center in Humacao, a municipality on the east side of Puerto Rico.

But the crisis in Puerto Rico, a USA territory whose residents are citizens of the United States, is just beginning, and will likely last months or years. "It's a structural failure".

Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico this week, leaving over three million people without power, and more than 95 percent of the island's wireless cell sites are out of service, according to Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Division.

It came barely a week after monster category 5 Hurricane Irma ripped through the Carribean before making landfall in Flordia.

"We are still assessing the situation in Cidra", Christina Lycke said in an email about the city where 28.7 inches of rain was recorded.

Maria unleashed more than 2 feet (600 mm) of rain on parts of the island, leading to record flooding, and wind gusts in excess of 110 miles per hour (177 km/h).

The task force, which first deployed September 9 in response to Hurricane Irma's battering of St. Martin, was also tasked Friday with assisting the government of Dominica after it was the first island to be bashed by Maria's punishing, then-Category 5 winds.