Why It's So Hard to Keep the Lights On in Puerto Rico

Why It's So Hard to Keep the Lights On in Puerto Rico

"And she was the lone voice that we saw - and of course that's the only voice the media wanted to talk to, and she's running for governor, big surprise".

Although the letter acknowledges the chairman's efforts to date, the organizations ask for more help due to the infrastructure damage caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Alphabet Inc, the company that controls Google, is sending balloons to Puerto Rico to help restore the island's phone service. President Trump visited the island Tuesday to meet with officials and review relief efforts. He made his case to a bipartisan delegation of U.S. Senators on Saturday, as they flew over some of the island's hardest hit areas. To hear Trump (or Geraldo) tell it, he and his cronies "have done a great job with the nearly impossible situation in Puerto Rico". It showed that as of Friday, the Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica or AEE, Puerto Rico's energy provider was only at 10.7 percent of its capacity.

After weeks of dealing with the destruction of Hurricane Maria, people from Puerto Rico have been returning stateside to their loved ones.

It was the latest in the war of words between the two after Trump said last weekend she had exhibited poor leadership in response to her criticism of the federal response as too slow.

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The SUNY Board of Trustees unanimously approved in-state tuition for students from Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands displaced by the hurricanes on Friday. And we're going to have to wipe that out. Mapp said, "There is no country that responds to disasters like the United States of America".

The island's financial situation has gotten even worse after Hurricane Maria, as it faces an additional burden to pay for aid, rehabilitation, and recovery expenses.

Still available on the FEMA website are statistics noting there are now 14,000 federal staff on the ground in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and that all federally operated post offices, airports and ports have been opened.

"We filtered out the mayor a long time ago", Long said.

The apocalypse in the Caribbean should move us to help with whatever we can. The White House has not yet announced plans for the president to visit the Virgin Islands, but Vice President Mike Pence stopped there this week.

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