One way trip: Thousands of Puerto Ricans flee hurricane-battered island aboard a luxury cruise ship – and many admit they might NEVER return

Saturday, September 30, 2017
By Paul Martin

Thousands of Puerto Ricans lined up in San Juan to board the Adventure of the Seas cruise ship to the US
They are fleeing the ruins in the US territory left behind when Hurricane Maria ripped through eight days ago
Not everyone who is leaving has plans to come back, and some say they only bought a one-way ticket
The cruise will stop in at Puerto Rico, then drop supplies in the Virgin Islands, then come to Fort Lauderdale
The White House has authorized a waiver for shipments to get into Puerto Rico as the devastated island reels from Hurricane Maria that hit last week
The Jones Act, which restricted shipments into the port of Puerto Rico, was lifted late Wednesday to allow for supplies to get to the island

By Abigail Miller and Jennifer Smith
29 September 2017

Thousands of people lined up at San Juan Harbor on Thursday to board a cruise ship that will take them to the United States, and many have said they don’t think they will ever come back.

Hurricane Maria, which came ashore as the strongest storm to hit the island in nearly 90 years, has created a humanitarian crisis in the US territory.

The powerful storm knocked out the nation’s electric grid and has crippled communications networks, transport and the water supply for the territory’s 3.4million people.

That devastation caused when Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico eight days ago has fed an exodus, driving driven tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans from the economically struggling island.

And not everyone that is leaving has plans to come back.

Lilliana Pastor, 34, of San Juan, decided on Tuesday to buy a one-way ticket to Florida for she and her seven-year-old daughter, Leah Aguayo.

‘Right now we don´t know about the electricity. We don´t have running water,’ Pastor said. ‘I’d rather go to Miami where we have family and see what happens.’

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