• Hurricane Maria: Jacksonville-based agents deliver supplies to Puerto Rico

    By: Deanna Bettineschi , Action News Jax


    Action News Jax flew on a P3 with Air Interdiction Agents as they delivered medical supplies to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday.

    The entire island was devastated by Hurricane Maria 3 weeks ago. Millions are still without power with no clean drinking water.

    “These are very, very long hours that we’ve been working,” U.S. Air Interdiction Agent Sky Thorsen said.

    From the sky, we could see homes without roofs and trees stripped bare.

    The once-lovely tropical island is now littered with debris.

    The airport also wasn’t spared.

    “I was amazed at all the destruction on the hangars that were there -- metal peeled back, some destroyed,” Thorsen said.

    When we landed, the crew unloaded supplies and helped aboard 14 staff members from the Department of Homeland Security and their families.

    Some -- including Alba Rosario and her daughter, Karina -- have been without power since the storm hit.

    “We stayed, like, around 9 1/2 hours in a bathroom with the dog, all three of us,” Rosario said.

    She said conditions on the island make it impossible to live a normal life.

    “The house flooded because we lost a roof on a front terrace we had on the second floor,” Rosario said.

    The two will stay in Florida for a month, finally reconnecting to power and internet.

    “I work from home so that's one of the reasons why I'm here because I have to continue to work,” Rosario said.

    The flight crew said this is their last mission to Puerto Rico.

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