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Post by Volkonski » Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:38 pm

The death toll rose Friday to 36 from 34, Rossello announced. Both people were killed by falling debris, underscoring the prevalent danger Puerto Ricans face across the island. 
http://www.necn.com/news/national-inter ... 39163.html
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Re: Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Hurricane Recovery

Post by ZekeB » Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:39 pm

No electricity. No sanitary water. I'm surprised cholera hasn't run rampant. I guess Trump did help them after all. :roll:
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Post by Flatpointhigh » Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:52 pm

Colbert's/Kroll's #PuberMe raised $1,000,000 for Puerto Rico Relief it's all going to oneamerica.org, and Elon Musk is talking with the Governor of Puerto Rico about the grid.

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Post by RTH10260 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:09 pm

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Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:52 pm
Colbert's/Kroll's #PuberMe raised $1,000,000 for Puerto Rico Relief it's all going to oneamerica.org, and Elon Musk is talking with the Governor of Puerto Rico about the grid.
Re the electrical grid: on the mainlad the power supply companies usually are on standby to help their collegues companies in disaster areas. During Katrina they already moved staff to the south into staging areas. Are they currently all bound up in TX and FL, did any announce they are ready to step in to help in PR even though transport of trucks, supplies and staff may be a problem? No one chrering chartering a roll-on roll-off ferry?

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Post by Flatpointhigh » Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:41 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:09 pm
Flatpointhigh wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:52 pm
Colbert's/Kroll's #PuberMe raised $1,000,000 for Puerto Rico Relief it's all going to oneamerica.org, and Elon Musk is talking with the Governor of Puerto Rico about the grid.
Re the electrical grid: on the mainlad the power supply companies usually are on standby to help their collegues companies in disaster areas. During Katrina they already moved staff to the south into staging areas. Are they currently all bound up in TX and FL, did any announce they are ready to step in to help in PR even though transport of trucks, supplies and staff may be a problem? No one chrering a roll-on roll-off ferry?
It's more about rebuilding the grid.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather ... 23656.html
The question that billionaire tech entrepreneur and Tesla founder Elon Musk is putting to the island is: Why not try something innovative, and let me rebuild your power grid with solar?

Island Gov. Ricardo Rosselló tweeted to Musk on Friday: “Let’s talk today.” He told Musk that he’d like to see Tesla Solar “globally showcase the power of its technology.”

But the utility executive working in the trenches to get the island’s lights back on offered a different message: Wait a sec. Heavy industry on the island needs an energy source more reliable than solar.

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Re: Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Hurricane Recovery

Post by Orlylicious » Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:25 pm

Helpful article about current status:
After Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Here's Where Caribbean Islands Stand
by Ryan Craggs October 5, 2017
https://www.cntraveler.com/story/after- ... ands-stand
Richard Branson's Necker Island in BVI was basically destroyed, another tragic loss this season. He bought it for 180,000 pounds in the late 70's, amazing story.

Branson's story


After:


Branson interview after the storm:


His son made a 20 minute film:
Help, Hope and Hurricanes
45,880 views Sam Branson Published on Sep 30, 2017

In the aftermath of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, Sam Branson shares an emotional and compelling story of hope and community spirit in the BVI. Please watch and share this heartfelt and inspirational film #helphopehurricanes

To donate, visit https://www.virgin.com/unite/bvi-commun ... ort-appeal - your support is invaluable.

Website for the property: http://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/ ... icane-irma
Story with damage photos: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news ... s-11147022

Amazon Prime has a documentary with Richard Branson about the property and guests, an incredible place.

Billionaire's Paradise: Inside Necker Island CC
Available on Prime
For the first time, an in depth, behind the scenes look at one of the most exclusive holiday destinations in the world. An intimate portrait of how the rich, powerful and famous holiday, and what it's like for the staff who serve them. Over the years the island has welcomed everyone from Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela to NASA's Apollo Astronauts and more recently, One Direction's Harry Styles.
Runtime: 58 minutes

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Re: Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Hurricane Recovery

Post by Volkonski » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:36 am

RTH10260 wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:09 pm
Flatpointhigh wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:52 pm
Colbert's/Kroll's #PuberMe raised $1,000,000 for Puerto Rico Relief it's all going to oneamerica.org, and Elon Musk is talking with the Governor of Puerto Rico about the grid.
Re the electrical grid: on the mainlad the power supply companies usually are on standby to help their collegues companies in disaster areas. During Katrina they already moved staff to the south into staging areas. Are they currently all bound up in TX and FL, did any announce they are ready to step in to help in PR even though transport of trucks, supplies and staff may be a problem? No one chrering a roll-on roll-off ferry?
Of course they are-

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Post by RTH10260 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:04 am

Orlylicious wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:25 pm
Helpful article about current status:
After Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Here's Where Caribbean Islands Stand
by Ryan Craggs October 5, 2017
https://www.cntraveler.com/story/after- ... ands-stand


Richard Branson's Necker Island in BVI was basically destroyed, another tragic loss this season. He bought it for 180,000 pounds in the late 70's, amazing story.

Branson's story
https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=STCqSXCbbcw

After:
https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYghdLyRwwQ

Branson interview after the storm:
https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaqCpW_SAkY

His son made a 20 minute film:

Help, Hope and Hurricanes
45,880 views Sam Branson Published on Sep 30, 2017

In the aftermath of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, Sam Branson shares an emotional and compelling story of hope and community spirit in the BVI. Please watch and share this heartfelt and inspirational film #helphopehurricanes

To donate, visit https://www.virgin.com/unite/bvi-commun ... ort-appeal - your support is invaluable.

https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl3rLm4eXyQ


Website for the property: http://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/ ... icane-irma
Story with damage photos: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news ... s-11147022

Amazon Prime has a documentary with Richard Branson about the property and guests, an incredible place.

Billionaire's Paradise: Inside Necker Island CC
Available on Prime
For the first time, an in depth, behind the scenes look at one of the most exclusive holiday destinations in the world. An intimate portrait of how the rich, powerful and famous holiday, and what it's like for the staff who serve them. Over the years the island has welcomed everyone from Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela to NASA's Apollo Astronauts and more recently, One Direction's Harry Styles.
Runtime: 58 minutes

https://www.amazon.com/Billionaires-Par ... B01MS1Y522
Thanks, never was really interested in his personal background before, so an interesting intro to his personal life. Must be quite a thing to have forty years of memories washed out. This after the main house burnt down and rebuilt after a storm in 2011. And the interview about rebuilding the VIrgin Islands remined just how much is missing of this current potus. And I can believe how much Obama and Branson have so much in common, having them as guests earlier this year.

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Post by Flatpointhigh » Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:01 pm

Trump's property, which he was using as an income property, and was on the market for $28,000,000 then reduced to $16,000,000, is now matchsticks and an empty lot....

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Post by HilltownGrrl » Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:52 pm

Flatpointhigh wrote:
Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:01 pm
Trump's property, which he was using as an income property, and was on the market for $28,000,000 then reduced to $16,000,000, is now matchsticks and an empty lot....
Are you sure? Because after Irma I read that the buildings all around it were destroyed but his was barely touched (deal with the devil? :twisted: !) & I just googled & got the same info.

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Post by Suranis » Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:02 pm

I just looked at the Daily Trump I mean Mails story and it looks pretty ok

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... ealed.html



Now being the Mail they could have rigged something up, or just made it up. But looking at other stories nothing mentions serious damage.
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http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/0 ... 5?cmpid=sf
The chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Sunday that criticism of relief efforts in Puerto Rico by the mayor of San Juan had been "filtered out."

In an interview on ABC's "This Week," FEMA administrator Brock Long brushed off criticism from San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who has slammed the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria. Cruz tweeted earlier Sunday that requests for assistance from FEMA in response to power outages at a San Juan hospital had gone unanswered.

"We filtered out the mayor a long time ago. We don't have time for the political noise," Long said. "The bottom line is, is that we are making progress every day in conjunction with the governor."

Long said FEMA is "restringing a very fragile system every day."

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Post by TexasFilly » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:53 pm

Brock Long appeared to do a passable job with Harvey and Irma (the jury is still somewhat out on how the $$ is getting spent). Brock Long's job is not to enter the political fray, but to help people facing disasters. I think he should just shut his pie hole and do his job.
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Kendra wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:44 pm
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/0 ... 5?cmpid=sf
The chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Sunday that criticism of relief efforts in Puerto Rico by the mayor of San Juan had been "filtered out."

In an interview on ABC's "This Week," FEMA administrator Brock Long brushed off criticism from San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who has slammed the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria. Cruz tweeted earlier Sunday that requests for assistance from FEMA in response to power outages at a San Juan hospital had gone unanswered.

"We filtered out the mayor a long time ago. We don't have time for the political noise," Long said. "The bottom line is, is that we are making progress every day in conjunction with the governor."

Long said FEMA is "restringing a very fragile system every day."
I guess that means that FEMA never listens to Trump.

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Post by Foggy » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:02 pm

I'm really excited about the possibility of Tesla building a new solar-powered electrical grid for Puerto Rico. That would be a great example for the rest of the country and the world. Plus it would lead to a surge of development in PR. First we gotta clean up the mess and get the place back on its feet. But then, let's make Puerto Rico better than it ever was. :thumbs:
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Post by Flatpointhigh » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:29 pm

Suranis wrote:
Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:02 pm
I just looked at the Daily Trump I mean Mails story and it looks pretty ok

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... ealed.html



Now being the Mail they could have rigged something up, or just made it up. But looking at other stories nothing mentions serious damage.
Interesting - I saw articles about the matchsticking of Trump St. Maartin property along with photos. oops?

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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:37 pm

Flatpointhigh wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:29 pm
Suranis wrote:
Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:02 pm
I just looked at the Daily Trump I mean Mails story and it looks pretty ok

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... ealed.html



Now being the Mail they could have rigged something up, or just made it up. But looking at other stories nothing mentions serious damage.
Interesting - I saw articles about the matchsticking of Trump St. Maartin property along with photos. oops?
IMO the "black swimming pool" was empty in some earlier image I had seen, I guess it has filled with leaves and maybe some sand from the beach and got a foot of rainwater, so the colour changed for the aerial foto, no damage, simple cleanup. As to the doors and the windows, they seemed boarded up on the earler fotos, I guess against vandals when standing empty for a longer time, but maybe closed up on hurricane warning. Don't see no real damage from the air there either. And looking at some other buildings of an upper class neighbourhood, they also have their roof intact. My guess that the storm was not at its max in this corner of the island, and better building standards prevented further damage.

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Reuters
U.S. mail carriers emerge as heroes in Puerto Rico recovery

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - With the Puerto Rico power grid shredded by Hurricane Maria, the U.S. Postal Service has taken the place of cellphone service at the forefront of island communications.

Only 15 percent of electrical power has been restored since the storm bludgeoned the U.S. territory on Sept. 20, but 99 of Puerto Rico’s 128 post offices are delivering mail. Tents have taken the place of post offices wrecked by Maria.

Mail carriers gather information on sick and elderly residents in far-flung parts where hospitals have closed. Data is fed into the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief office in San Juan so medical attention can be provided.

Restoration of the power grid is months away and many rural roads are blocked by mudslides, sink holes and downed trees and telephone poles. Since the start of the month the Postal Service has nonetheless been delivering letters and care packages to family members desperate for news.

“It’s been a clutch situation, and you guys have totally come through,” a FEMA worker was heard telling Postal Service Caribbean customer service manager Martin Caballero on Sunday.
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Post by Volkonski » Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:50 pm

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/hou ... d_nn_tw_ma
House Speaker Paul Ryan is heading to Puerto Rico at week’s end, a day after the House is expected to consider a disaster relief spending package and as the death toll has risen.

His visit will take place more than three weeks after Hurricane Maria left millions on the island without electricity and water and with many still unreached by disaster supplies or without sustained supplies.

On Tuesday, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló raised the death toll to 43.
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