Hurricane Maria impacts Essentra operations

Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico last week as a Category 4 storm, knocking out power for the entire island of around 3.3 million people.

"What's on my mind is what's going on in Puerto Rico".

In Florida, power has been restored to more than 99% of customers following the impacts of Hurricane Irma, which hit the state the previous week. "The devastation in Puerto Rico I believe has set us back 20 or 30 years", Jenniffer Gonzalez, a non-voting representative for Puerto Rico in the U.S. Congress. He says they will supplement the security personnel in Puerto Rico as they work with residents recovering from Hurricane Maria. Tim Duncan, former National Basketball Association star, is now raising funds on the crowdfunding platform for the Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

Adding to the woes is the island's economic crisis and crippling debt, making recovery from Maria even more hard.

He wrote: "As the citizens of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands begin the long recovery effort from the devastation brought by Hurricane Maria, I know I'm joined by all of my colleagues at the Food and Drug Administration in keeping the residents of all these islands in our thoughts".

80 percent of Puerto Rico's agricultural crop value was destroyed by the hurricane, Puerto Rican Agriculture Secretary Carlos Flores Ortega told the New York Times. Spokesman David Lapan said most of the humanitarian shipments to Puerto Rico will be through barges, which make up a significant portion of the US -flagged cargo fleet.

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"The devastation in Puerto Rico has set us back almost 20 to 30 years", Jenniffer Gonzalez, the island's nonvoting representative in Congress, told the AP.

Hurricane Maria is nearing the Turks and Caicos Islands as it continues its destructive path across the Caribbean.

You can watch the press conference below, courtesy of a tweet from Gov. Cuomo.

"Alex Rodriguez and I, who are both New Yorkers, are using all our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports and business to garner support for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean", said Lopez, revealing that the Yankees and Major League Baseball have also pledged funds to aid Puerto Rico. A few months ago, she had already paid $ 25,000 after the hurricane Harvey.

"New York is prepared to do whatever we can do to help". Even before the storm, Puerto Rico was in financial dire straits. And we have to remember that they're American citizens.

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