Puebloan frantic, trying to reach family members in Puerto Rico

In Minnesota Puerto Ricans like Maria Isa are waiting to hear from family members following Hurricane Maria

In Minnesota Puerto Ricans like Maria Isa are waiting to hear from family members following Hurricane Maria

The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the USA territory deeper into financial crisis.

Puebloan Ernesto Quinones has been trying to contact his two sisters, Evangelina and Eunice Quinones, and brother, Rafael Quinones.

To help those in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, ASI will match your donations dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.

"The government is living basically like a family that lives paycheck to paycheck, and the paychecks aren't going to get here because our treasury is not going to be able to collect anything", the person said. Although cell phone communication was re-established on the afternoon of Thursday, September 21, the residents of Puerto Rico are still grappling with their lack of power, an issue which does not appear to be leaving them any time soon. "It's really devastating and catastrophic - what I'm seeing on Facebook, which has been the medium of communication for folks from outside".

Based on her time in Puerto Rico, she says many homes there wouldn't make it through a storm like Maria.

"We're encouraging New Yorkers to donate these critically needed items at a local drop-off site", de Blasio said in a news release.

A post Thursday on the Christian Radio Tech engineering LISTSERV provides a glimpse of possibly how bad things are on the US territory right now.

"You can not live here without power", said Hector Llanos, a 78-year-old retired NY police officer who planned to leave Saturday for the USA mainland to live there temporarily.

"Let's see what the facts tell us by the end of the weekend", he said.

Maria was blamed for at least 15 deaths in Dominica, two in the French Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe, and two more in Puerto Rico, including that of a man whose boat got caught in the storm off the island.

Quinones and his wife, Inez Maria Quinones, also have tried calling the American Red Cross, to no avail.

At worst, he said, the storm will still have wind speeds of up to 40 miles per hour and bring heavy bands of rain to North Carolina on Tuesday night. The news is showing everything destroyed.

"Last thing he said, ' I'm an Army man".

"All the trees and all the bridges are down".

Arrieta-Guzman is glad to know his family is doing alright but worries how they're surviving without power. He also asks "if there is anyone who has a 1 kW solid-state frequency agile transmitter sitting on a shelf" to help WGCB, which covers the southern part of the island, and WIVV get back on the air.

Puerto Rico has a single Mormon mission and 23,000 church members in 41 congregations.

"At the moment these are fatalities we know of".

Wainwright said her family has turned to their strong faith, praying for a happy outcome.

HOPE is still in Texas helping patients with hypertension, chronic illnesses and mental health ailments as people try to find a sense of normalcy after the chaos of a monster storm.

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