20,000 pallets of water bottles found unused on Puerto Rico runway

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honor

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honor

"We think the federal government can solve everything, and it really can't", he said. "I actually think it is one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about", he added.

The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, appears far from incompetent, but in October of past year, a poll found just 32 percent of Americans thought Trump did a good job responding to the crisis in Puerto Rico. "Texas, we have been given A-plusses for". He says he's done a good job when 3,000 people have died?

The report found Puerto Rico's emergency-supply warehouses were almost empty when Hurricane Maria hit in October, without things like cots or tarps, because numerous supplies had been rerouted to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Florida, we've been given A-plusses for.

Most of the deaths blamed on Maria in Puerto Rico resulted not from the physical impact of the hurricane, but rather because of the shortcomings in preparedness and response - the lack of access to medical care; to dialysis treatment and diabetes medication, for example.

He called Maria "the worst natural disaster in our modern history" and said many people are still struggling.

Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, killed an estimated 3,000 people in the US territory and some officials there were critical of Trump's claim of a successful aid effort.

Storm response in Puerto Rico 'incredibly successful,' blames mayor for Hurricane Maria
Shortly after Trump's comments, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz shot back at the president. North and SC and Virginia ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

Santana, who works as a photographer with the Puerto Rican state police, told CBS News he took the photographs because he is frustrated to see them still sitting there.

"Now is not the time to pass judgment; it is time to channel every effort to improve the lives of over 3 million Americans in Puerto Rico", Rosselló said. "If [FEMA] put that water on that runway there will be hell to pay", an unnamed senior FEMA official told CBS.

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20 2017.Initial figures from authorities recorded 64 deaths however last month the United States territory estimated the death toll stood at 2,975, making it the deadliest storm to have hit Puerto Rico since the 1899 San Ciriaco hurricane. We are totally prepared.

A July report by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, noted several shortcomings in its response, including that it underestimated how much food and water would be needed after the storm and that not enough Spanish-speaking aid workers were deployed to the island. "We are ready for the big one that is coming!"

Florence was expected to blow ashore late Thursday or early Friday, then slow down and wring itself out for days, unloading 1 to 2½ feet (0.3 to 0.8 meters) of rain that could cause flooding well inland and wreak environmental havoc by washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

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