By now, you’ve probably heard about Puerto Rican President Juan Manuel Santos’ decision to suspend the island’s travel restrictions.
While Santos has made it clear that he’s not going to interfere with the travel plans of American citizens, the fact remains that the island is still suffering a lot from Hurricane Maria.
As of Sunday, nearly half of Puerto Rico’s population is without power, while thousands are still without electricity.
And the government says it has lost nearly $300 million due to the devastation caused by Maria.
So how can you get around Puerto Rico?
The most obvious way to get around is by ferry, and that’s exactly what the National Puerto Rican Ferry Company (NPRF) is offering.
In a press release from October 6, the NPRF said it would begin ferry service between Puerto Rico and Florida, adding that the service would also run between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico.
But the service will be limited to a maximum of 60 miles (100 kilometers) per hour.
NPRFs pilot program will allow for a limited number of flights per week.
For more information, you can read the NPDF’s press release.
And now that you know how to get to Puerto Rico, how do you get there?
Puerto Rico is in a pretty precarious situation right now, according to the UGAS, an advocacy group that advocates for the islanders.
“The hurricane has devastated Puerto Rico in a devastating way,” said Matt McBride, senior vice president of communications at the UGA Center for Puerto Rican Studies.
McBride added that the hurricane caused significant disruption to the island.
“There is a very high likelihood that the people of Puerto Ricans are going to have to face significant hardship if they’re going to get out of their homes and go out to get supplies.
According to McBride and the UGS’s John O’Sullivan, a professor at the University of Florida, a “very significant amount” of Puerto Rican residents are expected to leave the island as soon as the storm passes.
Even if you do make it out of Puerto Roam, there’s a high risk that you may have to leave behind your belongings.
McBride said he would recommend bringing at least some of your belongings to a shelter to protect them from the elements.
The U.N. has estimated that as many as 6 million people may need to evacuate the island by the end of the week.
PURSTA RICA CITY, Puerto Rico — A woman who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation for speaking out on social media said she has lost everything.
She lives on the outskirts of the city of Punta Rico, and she said she recently had a home damaged and her property damaged in a fire.
A fire has destroyed her house and damaged a vehicle parked outside, according a statement from her brother.
His brother is an engineer who works at the city’s electrical company, and the city is under a curfew due to Hurricane Maria and a federal investigation.
I lost everything because I am a human being, said the woman, who asked that her name not be used.
She said her sister-in-law and her boyfriend are in the hospital with injuries and are also homeless.
Another woman said she and her husband are facing eviction.
She asked to be identified by only one name.
We lost everything in a house fire, said her husband, who lives in the same building.
They are on the verge of losing everything because we don’t have anything left to pay for.
There are no houses in the area where we live, said his wife, who requested anonymity for fear that her husband would be arrested or killed.
I’m not afraid.
My only fear is that my house is burned down.
I’m afraid that my home is going to be destroyed.
These people need to get back to their homes.
They need to come out.
If you want to leave, you have to go through the process of getting a permit to do that, said Maria Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the city.
To get permits, you need a FEMA ID and you have a certain amount of money.
The amount depends on where you live.
For example, if you live in the northern part of the island, you will need about $1,200.
If you live on the southern part, you might need more than $10,000.
You can go to the FEMA office at the Department of Public Works in Port of San Juan, she said.
People who want to evacuate will be asked to sign a waiver, she added.
Before you leave, make sure you have enough food, water, and clothes, said Sanchez.
Stay safe, and don’t let anything go to waste.
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