Hurricane Irma Will Likely Knock Out Power in Puerto Rico for Months

Aaron Brown
September 10, 2017

Mapp told The Associated Press Thursday authorities are distributing emergency food and water, tarps and other supplies, and evacuating hospital patients to Puerto Rico and elsewhere.

The flight then rode a gap between the hurricane's outer rain band and the center of the storm to find open sky. The hurricane is a category 5 storm and is the worst to hit the shores since 1928.

While Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in the Caribbean, one fearless (crazy?) Delta pilot flew right through Irma's outer band so he could pick passengers up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and get them out before the brunt of the storm hit. However, recent reports have revealed that a Delta flight quite literally flew to where Irma is and made it back in the nick of time.

Thousands of Twitter users followed along in real time thanks to Jason Rabinowitz, a self-proclaimed aviation fan who tweeted DL302's trajectory and shared remarkable photos of the flight taking on Irma's unsafe winds.

The online tracking system showed Flight 431 arriving in San Juan at 12.01pm - just as Irma was making landfall.

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Aviation blogger Jason Rabinowitz tracked the plane's voyage using flightRadar24 and provided live commentary on Twitter, it was a nerve-wracking experience.

The return flight, Delta Flight 302, delivered 173 passengers back to John F. Kennedy International Airport at 4:22 p.m, over 30 minutes ahead of schedule.

Pomales waited out the night, more than 1,000 miles away from her 87-year-old mother, with no information about how she was doing. The air velocity was around 24 knots with gusts up to 31 knots, and condition deteriorating fast it indicated everything that was below safe operating limits for the 737-900ER.

No other flights departed from San Juan after Delta left. How was the approach to San Juan?

Experts praised the airline's forecasters, dispatchers and flight and ground crews for the successful flight after it returned from San Juan. The airline credited its flight team and meteorology department for the successful flight, the Washington Post reported.

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