With the hard hit of Hurricane Irma, with Tropical Storm Jose on her tail, Puerto Rico residents may be without power for six months.
The catastrophic hurricane is a Category 5, with swirling winds that are 185 miles per hour. That is enough to flatten entire cities!
“There are going to be blackouts. Areas that will spend three, four months without electricity,” Ricardo Ramos, executive director of Puerto Rico’s energy agency, said, according to the Spanish-language news agency EFE.
While the storm is not expected to directly hit Puerto Rico, Irma is predicted to bring heavy rains and winds when it passes the north of the island, according to CNN.
The United States is preparing for a hard hit as well, as the hurricane barrels straight for our east coast. Florida will take almost certainly take a hit, no matter which way it spins.
According to the Miami Herald, there have been hundreds of temporary shelters built that can house more than 60,000 people.
The U.S. territory, which has a population of more than 3 million, is in the midst of a major economic crisis, with $74 million in debt.
The Caribbean island in May filed for the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Storm damage is likely to complicate Puerto Rico’s financial situation, although the Federal Emergency Management Agency has workers on the island ready to help with disaster preparation.
The commonwealth also has a $15 million emergency fund, according to the island’s government.
We are keeping Puerto Rico in our prayers as they not only have a monster storm bearing down on them, but also for the road ahead as they recover from the hurricane.
In Toa Baja, about an hour outside of San Juan, terrified residents caught on camera what electric authorities have been anticipating for months: the system is entirely vulnerable due to the lack of maintenance. In the footage, a power line topples and sparks, then catches fire in the middle of the road when it comes in contact with the damp ground.
Here is a video shared of the hurricane:
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