Rockland Deputy County Executive Guillermo Rosa says the crisis unfolding in Puerto Rico is very personal, and he's working with other local leaders to send help and supplies.
Rodríguez-Andino says he's seeing some signs that help from Uncle Sam is on the way, though, with aid trucks moving through town and increased air traffic at the San Juan airport.
A FEMA representative told News 4 on Tuesday that Puerto Rico will receive the same aid as any USA state would, but the governor of Puerto Rico addressed the media saying something very different.
On Thursday the White House authorized a 10-day waiver of the Jones Act, a federal law that limits shipping to USA ports by foreign vessels.
Eyewitness News tried to reach out to one Puerto Rican resident now on the island. "Puerto Rico is all he knows", Rodriguez said. She wanted to get water, tuna, and Chef Boyardee for her two children and her husband - who had waited for hours Tuesday to get $20 worth of gas.
Duke characterized the US response in Puerto Rico as a "good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place after such a devastating hurricane".
Powerful Hurricane Maria swiped the island of 3.4 million people a week ago, causing widespread flooding, cutting electricity to the entire island and badly damaging homes and infrastructure. Puerto Rico's year-round sun makes solar an appealing option, Enck adds.
"People are really anxious because they can't find out how others are doing". "I think this was one of people's greatest fears, that people would forget us".
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Kim arrived in Puerto Rico on Wednesday along with a cargo jet carrying dozens of people and equipment to set up a headquarters, according to the military's U.S. Northern Command.
Rubio also defended the administration, which he said had responded to the storm and was providing the relief Puerto Rico needed, and repeated his belief the Department of Defense needs to take over in the short term while the federal response must be more encompassing.
The Trump administration has not agreed to an emergency waiver of the Jones Act to allow foreign vessels to transport aid, especially fuel, but has not formally denied a request for consideration from lawmakers either.
Puerto Rico barely had a minute to recover from being grazed by Hurricane Irma when Maria approached the island.
"They're our country's men and women", said Merker. "I think they have responded to the way you'd respond to any storm".
When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, resources and donations flooded in. "We have no idea of the full magnitude.Nothing good happens after eight days in the tropics without food or water". "It never feels like it's happening fast enough".
McClatchy reporter Joseph Cooke contributed.