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Don't forget Puerto Rico

Don't forget Puerto Rico

"I was watching the news this morning, and there was a lady in Puerto Rico and she said please don't forget about us", Lt. Col Steven Campbell said.

"We knew this was going to happen given the vulnerable infrastructure", Rossello said.

"We're always measuring how many people do you need in Florida because whether they go somewhere else or they redeploy and be ready for a future storm, we're just always mindful of the troop to task and making sure we have the right number that's actually required".

"There is now great need existing in Puerto Rico and the surrounding islands, and all those who have been impacted by hurricanes Irma and Maria are in our thoughts and prayers", church leaders said in a statement.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said three to four military planes would fly supplies to the island daily, carrying water, food, generators and temporary shelters.

"The damage will be unforgettable", he said Friday after watching the destruction on TV.

State Sen. Melisa Franzen of Edina, who was born in Puerto Rico, urged people to help with relief efforts in any way they can.

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On Thursday night, the family said they had been unable to get in touch with him for the past two days. She added that regular service likely won't resume until Wednesday.

"It's been very hard but the amount of support that we've received today is something that I can't even really speak about it", said Rivera. "Until you hear their voices you just won't be able to relax".

Widespread flooding was reported in Puerto Rico, with dozens of cars half-submerged in some neighborhoods and many streets turned into rivers.

Even U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, whose parents came originally from Puerto Rico, was struggling to touch base with her loved ones there.

Numerous volunteers that were with her also have not been able to talk with their families.

Following weeks of hurricane relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey and then being on alert for Hurricane Irma, the Kentucky National Guard is now fully focused on relief efforts in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria. These items will be delivered to families directly affected by the storm. She's been able to make contact with one cousin through Facebook. They both confirmed that the east side of Puerto Rico where Junco and Humacao, along with Yabucoa and Patillas are located, are exactly the points where damage was heavy. Not long after Puerto Ricans began to think they were safe, another hurricane comes their way with intentions of destroying everything on its path.

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