It took a little longer than expected, but that’s how everything about the Puerto Rico hurricane recovery has been.
The AccuWeather Rays of Hope collection that left State College last month was supposed to arrive at the village of Patillas around Halloween. It took about a week longer, but the supplies in that shipping container were still important to the remote community devastated by Hurricane Maria in September.
“Here you can see the package has arrived from Rays of Hope, the initiative by AccuWeather. It came all the way from State College, Pennsylvania,” said “extreme meteorologist” Reed Timmer in a video taken of the delivery.
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The video shows items including generators being taken off the trucked-in shipping container. Water, food and clothing were also donated.
“It’s absolutely incredible to be a part of something like this, helping so many people in need,” Timmer said. “You can just see their eyes light up.
AccuWeather founder and CEO Joel Myers expressed gratitude to the Centre County residents and his own employees who contributed to the effort.
The work of rebuilding the shattered island continues, as does the controversy. On Friday, Ricardo Ramos, executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Agency, resigned over fallout from a no-bid contract awarded to Whitefish Energy. The resignation came just days after Ramos testified before the Senate defending that award.
Many parts of the island still remain without power, including Patillas. A local ABC affiliate said additional power outages occurred Wednesday. Getting clean water remains a challenge as well.
While the death toll for Maria remains at 55, hundreds of additional deaths have been reported.