On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria slammed into the island of Puerto Rico, bringing with it wind gusts of at least 118 miles per hour and almost 38 inches of rain. The storm completely destroyed Puerto Rico’s electrical grid, leaving the Island’s entire population of 3.4 million without electricity. Waist-high flood waters filled the streets of San Juan and other cities, and whole neighborhoods were leveled.
It’s been five weeks since the hurricane, and with communication, cellular service and internet widely still inoperable, it’s been difficult for those outside Puerto Rico to gauge the recovery. Cathy Kennedy, a Registered Nurse volunteer who recently returned from Puerto Rico as part of a relief effort organized by the AFL-CIO and National Nurses United joins Eight O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing by phone.