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Old 09-23-2017, 06:10 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Relatives came through ok. They have cell service, a generator and gas stove. Lots of trees down. One of their apartments on the 6th floor in San Juan had an inch of sand and water inside, despite the fact that no windows or doors were broken. Someone else lost their garage doors and had a broken window. Small trouble compared to others.

The airport can't open until at least Sunday because of flooding, so that makes it harder to get aid in.

As people get more desperate, they are afraid of looting.
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Old 09-23-2017, 07:01 AM
 
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there was one flight out of san Juan to Philly late last night..the people waited for hours because every bag ticket had to be hand checked like the old days.

They interviewed some of the arrivals this morning.
The people said that there is not much of anything, but people are sharing wht little they have.
There were 3 flights scheduled out this morning but as of 8 am they have sadly been cancelled.
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:10 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I presume that everyone is banding together to help each other? That's the only good thing that comes from these terrible storms.
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Old 09-23-2017, 12:21 PM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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Relatives came through ok. They have cell service, a generator and gas stove. Lots of trees down. One of their apartments on the 6th floor in San Juan had an inch of sand and water inside, despite the fact that no windows or doors were broken. Someone else lost their garage doors and had a broken window. Small trouble compared to others.

The airport can't open until at least Sunday because of flooding, so that makes it harder to get aid in.

As people get more desperate, they are afraid of looting.
Actually, I believe the San Juan and Ponce airports are open but only for military and Federal government aircraft. The Aguadilla airport will open possibly tomorrow or Monday, but again only for military use. The Kentucky National Guard and Ohio National Guard are using the airport as a staging area and command center.
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Old 09-23-2017, 01:55 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Did anyone else feel there was a dearth of media coverage of Huracán Irma's impact on Puerto Rico?

I'm thinking it could have been the fact that power was knocked out in a lot of areas,
and the news feeds might have been stymied..BUT

just about all the intel I received was from private parties, familia, friends. etc.

Maybe because the Island wasn't hit as hard as was predicted?

But, Florida sure is getting full media attention and hype.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this?
Of course Florida is getting all the hype. The Weather Channel doesn't know there is an entire other country and world beyond the South.
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Old 09-23-2017, 03:20 PM
 
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Actually, I believe the San Juan and Ponce airports are open but only for military and Federal government aircraft. The Aguadilla airport will open possibly tomorrow or Monday, but again only for military use. The Kentucky National Guard and Ohio National Guard are using the airport as a staging area and command center.
Ramey AFB in Aquadilla has been sending out recon flights for the last two days..but like you said, Military/Govt. only.
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Philly
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Actually, I believe the San Juan and Ponce airports are open but only for military and Federal government aircraft. The Aguadilla airport will open possibly tomorrow or Monday, but again only for military use. The Kentucky National Guard and Ohio National Guard are using the airport as a staging area and command center.
Sju is open to limited commercial traffic but only relief workers are being allowed in.
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Old 09-24-2017, 04:00 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Actually, I believe the San Juan and Ponce airports are open but only for military and Federal government aircraft. The Aguadilla airport will open possibly tomorrow or Monday, but again only for military use. The Kentucky National Guard and Ohio National Guard are using the airport as a staging area and command center.
Well, that's ok, because they will bring the necessary aid, I guess. I'll just say this, because I don't know if PR residents know. When there is trouble on the mainland, electric company trucks from the north, come down to help. If Puerto Rico feels bereft of help, it doesn't mean we don't want to come, it's just a logistics thing.
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Old 09-24-2017, 04:23 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Just say a Facebook post about my friend in Santa Isabel.

"We are all okay, without water, power and cellphone. House and cars are okay. Dealing with water and food supply, there are long lines to buy gas, ice, and food. We have what's necessary."
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Old 09-25-2017, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Well, that's ok, because they will bring the necessary aid, I guess. I'll just say this, because I don't know if PR residents know. When there is trouble on the mainland, electric company trucks from the north, come down to help. If Puerto Rico feels bereft of help, it doesn't mean we don't want to come, it's just a logistics thing.
There should be a plan to fly in additional repair vehicles & parts/materials, along with volunteer personnel to help the local utility workers get on with the rebuilding.
Of course that would take some efficiency on the part of the federal government.

The military has its response capability, and I did hear they were operating out in the VI & other islands.
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