This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
Last week, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and completely devastated the US territory. Many are still without power, food and water are scarce and much of the island’s infrastructure and housing has been damaged or destroyed.
One of the hardest hit areas is Vieques, an island just seven miles off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico. Reports from CNN reveal that the island has been completely destroyed and is almost totally cut off from the world. CNN’s Bill Weir traveled to the Vieques and filed a report Thursday morning detailing what residents of the island are enduring.
Vieques is almost in ruins, food and water are running low and crowds of people line up in the main square to use a handful of satellite phones to contact friends and family.
Weir had a bit of a harrowing journey to get to the island. He flew a small Cessna single engine prop from San Juan (SJU) to Vieques (VQS) on Wednesday. The airports have no working radar so every aircraft is flying by plain old eyesight. Dust from Africa’s Sahara desert clouded the skies, complicating the flight.
Weir added a lighter moment to the day when he spotted an old Japanese fighter in a hangar in San Juan.
Upon arrival, the CNN correspondent shared images of the airport’s runway which was littered with destroyed planes. While some of the aircraft sat in ditches, others were literally ripped apart by the storm.
After leaving the airport Weir toured the island — only to find more destruction, including catamarans flipped on their backs.
Communication to the outside world is almost nonexistent.
There’s a Marriott property on the island, The W Vieques, which has been closed since September 22. Weir’s report said it was severely damaged.
Watch Weir’s full report here:
You can donate to the recovery efforts by clicking here and join TPG and the CEO of TPG’s soon-to-be parent company Red Ventures, Ric Elias. Elias, who grew up in Puerto Rico himself, will match all donations up to $5 million.
Featured image by Bill Weir/Twitter.
Know before you go.
News and deals straight to your inbox every day.
With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards