Governor Cuomo visits storm ravaged Puerto Rico: Joe Torres reports

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Saturday, September 23, 2017
Joe Torres reports from Puerto Rico
Eyewitness News reporter Joe Torres covers Hurricane Maria and its impact on Puerto Rico.Joe Torres reports on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (WABC) -- These are perhaps the most telling pictures we've seen of the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria two days after the storm hit.

Widespread flooding completely engulfs the municipality of Toa Baja, a short drive west of the capital city.

These are the very same images seen by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who arrived on the island on Friday aboard a JetBlue relief flight filled with emergency personnel and supplies. He then joined the Governor of Puerto Rico for a helicopter tour of the island.

"This is personal, there are a lot of Puerto Rican's in New York," Governor Cuomo said. "Everything this state can do for Puerto Rico we will do."

Right now Puerto Rico needs just about everything. Electricity, recovery workers and rescue teams, like those from the Coast Guard who pulled a stranded family from an overturned boat.

People on the island need cash. Look at the line we found at this ATM in Hato Rey, all of them here in violation of the governor's 6 p.m. curfew. Not far from them is the police making sure all is well.

Things and conditions were not well at the airport in San Juan. A sweltering crowd of people anxious to leave the island filled the terminal which had no power.

Jose Nazario wants to get to his wife back in Islip. It took him and his sister two days to drive from San German to the airport, a trip they said should take roughly two-and-a-half hours, and they still don't have a flight home.

"It was horrific, the terrain," Orlando resident Maria Nazario said. "We went underneath trees, power lines, over water. We went the wrong way on major highways."

"We're kind of left out here to figure out what we're gonna eat, where we are going to sleep safely, and we have no answers to anything," Jose Nazario said.

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