About 2 months ago, the brute force winds of Hurricane Irma struck South Florida and Puerto Rico. The storm devastated parts of Florida and left Puerto Rico powerless.
I recently made a trip to South Florida. I saw all of the progress that has been made since the hurricane, but I also saw the destruction the storm had caused on the state.
Houses still had hurricane protective shutters on their windows, along with giant blue tarps on their roofs. When driving down the street, you could see disconnected power lines and workers continuing to clean and fix things as fast as possible. Many houses had sustained damage to their roofs due to debris.
My brother, Sam Calderon, lived in South Florida, and the hurricane passed right over his apartment complex. He lost power for three days and said that the heat at night was absolutely unbearable.
Sam said, “It was so hot that we couldn’t take it anymore so [my wife] and I had to go out and sleep in the car for a while.”
A woman named Nicole previously lived in Puerto Rico, but has been staying in South Florida for two weeks.
“Right now I am enjoying life, because in Puerto Rico, we don’t have anything right now. We barely have food and water. We have no electricity and it is extremely hot all the time.It is torturous.“
Millions of people are suffering due to the hurricane, but through all of the struggle, the citizens of Florida and Puerto Rico have persevered.