Puerto Rico remains cut off from communications after Maria

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Trump had said earlier in the week that Puerto Rico was "absolutely obliterated" by Hurricane Maria.

"That's the main thing".

With Puerto Rican week festivities happening this upcoming weekend, including the Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday, Unidos PA' PR organizers want to use this time to get the Latino community to help. "Anything and everything. I mean they're going to need everything". "It was devastating to see all that kind of debris in all areas, in all towns of the island", Jenniffer González, who represents the island in Congress, told CNN.

Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane and pummeled the us territory with winds up to 155 miles per hour, leaving behind a trail of destroyed homes and widespread flooding. Gen. Derek P. Rydholm acknowledged that based on the volume of power outages, it will be some time before people in Puerto Rico will be able to communicate with their families outside the island. Their local Walmart was shut down, so she can't send them a money order that way.

Puerto Rican officials could not communicate with more than half the towns in the USA territory as they rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam.

Through it all, Matienzo knows the Puerto Ricans are strong.

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A woman tries to make a cellphone call on a highway near Dorado, 40 km north of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 23, 2017.

"I feel hopeless", said Milagros Bonilla after arriving in Miami from her native Puerto Rico. And, we are making sure that in terms of the infrastructure we're able to start providing assistance in the recovery of the communications on the island, the electric energy and the water.

A boy plays at a flooded playground close to a shelter, while Hurricane Maria approaches the coast of Bavaro, Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

DFL State Representative Carlos Mariani of St. Paul said that will add to the challenge of rebuilding.

Frank Giannasca, senior meteorologist at the Weather Channel, said forecasters are "expecting risky surf, beach erosion, and rip currents to affect beaches from Florida to the mid-Atlantic States". When he visits his old home, he remembers the best of Puerto Rico and the way of life there. I don't have a lot.

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