Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott to visit Puerto Rico Thursday, offering aid

Damaged solar panels are seen after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Humacao Puerto Rico Damaged solar panels are seen after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Humacao Puerto Rico
Javier Burns | 29 September, 2017, 00:38

Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, had said Wednesday that he expected the waiver, which suspends a 1920 law requiring that only American-flagged vessels be used for shipments between two USA ports.

Pressure on Trump to waive the law had been increasing since reports of Puerto Rico's devastation began gaining traction.

Earlier Thursday, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said he had asked the White House to loosen the regulations.

"The situation on the island is perilous and reporting on the sustained damage and dangers is hard at best", Esri Industry Manager Ryan Lanclos said in a statement.

The island's power grid was almost destroyed by Hurricane Maria, leading officials to predict it may take many months to completely restore reliable electricity service - affecting access to medical treatments and running water, as well as depriving millions of air conditioning in tropical heat.

He plans to visit the island on Tuesday. Esri has volunteered its GIS expertise for Harvey and Irma, and with this new tool it wants to provide crowdsourced updates on Puerto Rico's infrastructure.

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But for now, it seems like the GOP will fail to get anything done on this signature campaign issue, with McCain, Sen. This has left little wiggle room for Republicans to lose any votes - with three "no" votes, the bill can not pass.

The Trump administration had said a waiver was not needed for Puerto Rico because there were enough USA -flagged ships available to ferry goods to the island.

In a statement about the issues, the FDA says, "We are aware of several other instances where we may soon face critical shortages if we don't find a path for removal or ways to get production back up and running". "Some of our Florida ports have told me that they are standing ready to help move supplies through their facilities as quickly as possible".

Puerto Rico residents and recovery workers can use CrowdRescue to map updates on closed roads, bridge collapses, flooding, power failures, communication problems and the island's new surge of mudslides.

In Kissimmee, Scott also said the state is prepared to take a number of other steps, such as providing in-state tuition to arriving college students.

"It is meant to ensure we have enough fuel and commodities to support lifesaving efforts, respond to the storm, and restore critical services and critical infrastructure operations in the wake of these devastating storms", Duke said. Cargo ships are stuck in port waiting to be offloaded, but supplies have nowhere to go, The Wall Street Journal reported. The military had delivered fuel to nine hospitals and helped establish more than 100 distribution centers for food and water on the island, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

Clark reported from Tallahassee and Bousquet reported from Kissimmee.

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