Puerto Rico Officals Say 'People Are Going To Die' After Hurricane Maria

FEMA has sent out over 10,000 federal forces to work around the clock, reports CBS News' David Begnaud.

"Given the changing scope and conditions, DoD will adjust its concept of operations in Puerto Rico and transition from a short term, sea-based response to a predominantly land-based effort created to provide robust, longer term support to FEMA and the Territory", the DoD statement said.

Maria roared ashore last Wednesday as the most powerful hurricane to strike the island in nearly 90 years, cutting all power and destroying homes and infrastructure.

Puerto Rico remains without power, except for generators, and phone service is spotty, as officials struggle to provide food and water to those affected by the worst storm to hit the island of 3.4 million in almost a century. The folks at Cape Air, founded by Harwich resident Dan Wolf, were working hard to ensure that their employees on Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands, many of whom have ties to the Cape, were safe.

Governor Ricardo Rosselló traveled with the National Guard to deliver a satellite phone to the mayor of San Sebastian.

Running water was restored Monday to Roman's sister, who he said lives in an urban area, which "makes things a little better".

Meanwhile, Puerto Ricans are waiting hours in line to get gas, food and cash.

"My mother needs dialysis". It has 3,000 containers sitting at the Port of San Juan filled with clothes, food, medicine, water, construction materials and even cars.

"I called her, I just called her to see what would happen and she answered!"

"I don't have the freaking energy to write a memo", Cruz said. Moira Nickerson, raised in Chatham, and her boyfriend hadn't been heard of since the hurricane struck the island.

He kept his word.

Trump, speaking later on Tuesday, during a news conference alongside Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, said a "massive effort" was underway in Puerto Rico to help the flattened US territory recover.

"This isn't like Florida where we can go up the spine".

  • Leroy Wright