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Westover to assist Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Puerto Rico

Westover to assist Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Puerto Rico Westover to assist Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Puerto Rico
Christy Curtis | 09 September, 2017, 12:49

As Hurricane Irma barreled through the Caribbean, devastating islands and knocking out power to thousands, a lone Delta flight raced to land in Puerto Rico - and take off again - before the storm hit.

Whether the storm hits Florida or, without landfall there, goes north and smacks Georgia or the Carolinas as a strong Category 2 or Category 3 storm, its impact the middle of next week in the Lehigh Valley and northwest New Jersey likely will be minimal, Sharr said.

Ripard, who has been working in Puerto Rico for the past two years noted that he and his girlfriend are safe. Their families have prepared, and now they're just praying for their safety.

"So you can see there the wind", she says, watching a video on her iPad. "They don't seem to worry as much as we do in the United States about hurricanes", said Clayton. "We live in houses that are made of cement, full concrete, I always say they live in house that are made of cardboard".

Hurricane Irma - the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic - passed northwest of the island on Wednesday, killing three people there and causing significant damage to roads and the electric power grid which has put about 1 million people in the dark.

The couple live in NY and, as many of their friends were visiting them over the summer, they chose to leave their holiday until now, which Rebecca said they thought "was a good time to go".

"This bakery is praying for Puerto Rico", Joshua Villafuentes said. Merced said the wind was picking up and the power had been off for about an hour.

HuffPost reports that Rabinowitz had acknowledged that Delta left 25 minutes early from NY so as to leave Puerto Rico earlier. Ojeda anxious that and the demand for quick repairs to the power grid could lead to longer-term problems.

"The infrastructure is old and if you're going to just patch it up and not fix it, the next time it is going to go", he said.

After riding out the storm in his 11th-floor apartment, Juan Pablo Aleman spent the morning inspecting his Argentinian restaurant, Che's, which was surrounded by downed tree limbs. "And we've already been in survival mode since the economic crisis, so we already were in that mindset to do something", Cobian said. Most of the rain will be gone by daybreak.

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