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Over the weekend, music sensation and Puerto Rican native Ricky Martin has launched a Hurrican Maria Relief campaign on crowdfunding platform YouCaring to help those affected by the devastating storm. "This is a major disaster".

The storm hit Dominica, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the US Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos, a British overseas territory. Supplies and aid are headed to the island from the US mainland Monday, but without power and the ability to communicate (CNN reports that 95 percent of wireless sites are out of service), ensuring that aid reaches the most vulnerable Puerto Ricans will prove hard. Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress. "We continue to assess the impacts of Hurricane Maria on our employees, facilities, customers and the patients we serve, but it is too early to make any determinations right now". "Internal phone communications are extremely limited if existent at all". She was told she'd need to spend at least 72 hours in a local shelter.

To make this possible, Crowley has four vessels loaded with a mix of relief and commercial cargo now en route to the company's Isla Grande terminal in San Juan, with two more scheduled to follow. People are actually becoming prisoners in their own homes. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Maria was expected to move well east of the U.S. coast over the coming days, generating large ocean swells and rough surf along much of the Eastern seaboard. Speaking in NY last week, Trump acknowledged that Puerto Rico "was absolutely obliterated" by Maria, and said he would visit the territory, though he didn't specify when.

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The Category 4 hurricane stripped leaves from plants and even the bark from trees, "leaving a rich agricultural area looking like the result of a post-apocalyptic drought". (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times) Ivan Lopez, 51, chips in to to help his neighbors. "Congress is working with the administration to ensure necessary resources get to the USA territory".

You can watch the press conference below, courtesy of a tweet from Gov. Cuomo. "The one thing that's clear is these people need a lot of help". "I can't deny that the Puerto Rico of now is different from that of a week ago".

Ricardo Rossello said 70,000 people could be in danger on the US territory if the dam failed. Tim Duncan, former National Basketball Association star, is now raising funds on the crowdfunding platform for the Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

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