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New York City leaders respond to Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico Dam Failing; Flash Flood Emergency Declared

"[The] core of Hurricane Maria will continue to move away from Puerto Rico during the next several hours, and then pass offshore of the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic early Thursday, according to the 11 p.m. advisory".

Puerto Rico has seen back-to-back disasters in recent weeks, first from Hurricane Irma and then Maria, and has long grappled with weak infrastructure and deep debt, said U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez. And looking ahead, people are worried.

"This is total devastation", said Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico's governor, as reported by CNN. But nearly two days after Maria made landfall, an aerial survey showed that nearly every tree was touched - thousands snapped and strewn across the landscape - and the island was stripped of vegetation. It was expected to move north in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend. Eight to 16 inches or rain, with isolated amounts of 20 inches, will be possible in those same areas.

Energy support crews have been deployed to St. Thomas and St. Croix in support of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) teams there, and others are prepared to deploy to Puerto Rico as soon as conditions permit, the DOE said. The mountainous terrain of the island weakened the storm to a Category 2 by the time the storm reached the northwestern side of the island.

The lights are out in Puerto Rico.

"I was supposed to have come as a professional, but now I've just had to weather the storm", Mr Short said.
Overwhelmed by the response, the agency asked that individuals not send follow-up emails unless their relative's situation had changed.

The Associated Press report Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on Wednesday with 155 mph winds, the strongest hurricane to hit there in over 80 years. He last heard from them on Tuesday before Maria touched down.

"This is obviously very personal for me", she said. He said his friend's hospital room "has significant water on the floor and still has no air conditioning (it is hot and humid here)". I mean outside, elsewhere in the island, people don't know how their relatives are. And that came less than two weeks after another massive storm, Hurricane Irma, sideswiped the island, leaving 70 percent without power and killing dozens on nearby islands.

That number includes 147 students on the hard-hit island of Dominica, who will need to be evacuated by boat to St. Lucia before they can be brought to Canada.

In 2014, Massachusetts was the state with the fifth-most Puerto Ricans.

As of the 7 a.m. CDT Thursday advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Maria was located about 190 miles southeast of Grand Turk Island and was moving northwest at 9 mph. The Category 4 hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas, in 1900 killed up to 12,000 people.

Philmore Mullin, head of Antigua and Barbuda's National Office of Disaster Services, said relief efforts for the people of Dominica will be coordinated from the island of St. Lucia. She said: "We are not stable enough to cope with even a mild storm". "People are feeling here a little bit of a sense of desperation with the distance and what can we do, and some people are feeling this sense of hysteria".

"The biggest worry is water".