PHILADELPHIA - As recovery efforts resume in Puerto Rico after a direct hit from Hurricane Fiona, natives in Philadelphia are nervously awaiting to hear from family and loved ones.
Hurricane Fiona dumped nearly 30 inches of rain on Puerto Rico over a two-day period. Over the weekend, the storm knocked out power and water to most of the island, and National Guard troops rescued hundreds of people who got stranded."I was watching the news and see the one bridge they just fixed, and it washed away," Joe Jarvis, a North Philadelphia resident with family in Puerto Rico, said. "That is their main entrance in and out of town, so now they are really stuck."MORE LOCAL HEADLINESJarvis's family lives in the small mountain town of Aibonito, about three hours away from San Juan.
Repeated attempts to get in touch with his family have been mostly unsuccessful. "We're calling back and forth to see who answers, if someone answers," Jarvis said. "They can get no supplies, no clean water, no anything."The blow from Fiona was made more devastating because Puerto Rico has yet to recover from Hurricane Maria, which killed nearly 3,000 people and destroyed the power grid in 2017.