However, what he said today was that he was there and that he didn't feel a sense of urgency on the ground about evacuating.
MARTIN: You know, people - to just be sure that people do understand that Puerto Ricans are American citizens, is there any federal presence there?
At least 10 people have been confirmed killed by the storm, according to Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's office.
"It is a risky situation today and it's going to be a long-term reconstruction issue for months", Cuomo, a Democrat and potential 2020 presidential candidate, told CNN.
"All areas surrounding the Guajataca River should evacuate Now. Your lives are in DANGER". While Maria is not expected to impact any landmass for the next several days, concerns of some type of impact along the southeastern US coast are growing after the latest model runs.
Authorities flew over the island Saturday, and were stunned by what they saw. United Airlines said it was still assessing the situation. "They are trying to mobilize all the resources they can but it's not easy".
Maj. Gen. Derek P. Rydholm, deputy to the chief of the Air Force Reserve, said at the Pentagon that it was impossible to say when communication and power will be restored. Gen. Derek P. Rydholm said at the Pentagon on Friday that the military was flying in mobile communications systems.
Nearly all of our Puerto Rico-based team members and their families have experienced significant damage to their homes and communities as a result of this bad natural catastrophe. But then there's a question of, where do you put 70,000 people in an island that's already sheltering 15,000 people? The island has spent most of the last ten years in recession.
The two health & personal care packaging sites, at Manati and Guaynabo, have not sustained significant physical damage but Essentra said they have not been operational since September 19.
But Javier Jimenez, mayor of the nearby town of San Sebastian, said he believed the number was far smaller.
Isolated towns and low-income communities are facing increasing shortages of supplies and fuel.
"All my friends had seen them but it's not the same, I knew they were fine but it's not the same as hearing their voices", Rivera told 10News reporter Bianca Graulau.
The U.S. Department of Energy says initial damage assessments and power restoration efforts have begun on Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. At least in the short term, though, the soggy misery will continue: Additional rain - up to 6 inches - is expected through Saturday.
Built by Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, LA, the USCGC Donald Horsley is a 154 ft long Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter that was commissioned in May 20, 2016 and is homeported in San Juan. We could be looking at four to six months of reconstruction of the power grid.
"My cousin and I and our family still haven't been able to hear from all of our family over there, and we are concerned for them and everyone on the island", she said.
Israel Molina, 68, found that Maria had ripped away roofing from his Israel Mini Market in San Juan.
"The main heads of municipal government were incommunicado", Lopez said.
The storm is about 285 miles (460 kilometers) east of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas.
Ramos lived on the island until 1991 when he left for college.