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Local man reacts to Hurricane Fiona

Hurricane Fiona's impact is felt
Puerto Rico Tropical Weather
Posted at 6:08 PM, Sep 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-21 23:43:58-04

Puerto Rico was pummeled by Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall on Sunday as a category-1 hurricane.

Even though a quarter of residents now have access to electricity, Fiona initially knocked out power to the entire island.

Fiona left the island with flooding and washed-out roads and bridges, making getting access to resources and supplies difficult.

Danny Robles is from Puerto Rico and his family is still trying to recover from the hurricane that hit their area five years ago (Maria).

"They are still trying to recuperate from Hurricane Maria and now Fiona came. They don't have any lights or water. It's real hard to get food from the stores. They're having a hard time," said Robles.

Robles lives in Corpus Christi and is a contractor. He tells Kris 6 News, his family is in Puerto Rico, picking up the pieces that the disaster left behind.

His cousin Isaac Melendez, went to check on their grandmother who lives alone, and said, heavy rains and winds have made it difficult to get around the island.

"When I went to go to my grandmother's house which is like five minutes away, I looked outside and the road to get to my grandma's house, there was a big tree in the middle of the street," Melendez said.

But it's the outpouring of support from each other that's making the difference.

"We are family people and we're trying to help each other out. If a neighbor needs some help, we are there to try and help them out, but there is only so much you can do in a moment like that," Robles added.

The Department of Health and Human Services has deployed a 15-person task force from its National Disaster Medical Team.

Although their services are needed, the real issue deals with the electrical grid's reliability.

“Hopefully in the future, LUMA is not here anymore and we can get a better electric company. And things get better from there," Melendez said.

Thankfully for his family, everything damaged can be repaired.

“Luckily we're all okay. No one suffered any major damage. But that's part of living on the Island," Melendez added.

An Island that has suffered a blow from mother nature yet again and continues to stand tall.