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US Plans to Airlift 3,000 Puerto Ricans to Florida, New York

"At the governor's request, FEMA will be providing transportation assistance to select locations in the continental United States," FEMA said in a statement

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    FEMA to Airlift Hurricane Maria Victims to U.S.

    Reports say FEMA will bring 3,000 Puerto Ricans to New York and Florida following the destruction done by Hurricane Maria.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017)

    The U.S. government is planning to airlift about 3,000 Puerto Ricans out of the island struggling after Hurricane Maria to Florida and New York.

    Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Ron Roth confirmed that plans to transport Hurricane Maria survivors from Puerto Rico to the continental U.S. have been under development since Oct. 30, when the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program was announced.

    FEMA and Puerto Rico's government under Gov. Ricardo Rossello are finalizing plans to carry out the airlift.

    "At the governor's request, FEMA will be providing transportation assistance to select locations in the continental United States," FEMA said in a statement. "Priority of transportation will be available to those approximately 3,000 survivors who are still residing in shelters."

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    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    Further details on the criteria used to determine who qualifies as a survivor primed for airlift transportation were not readily available.

    FEMA is working with officials in Florida and New York to establish an agreement for the states to accept survivors.

    Shortages of food and water in Puerto Rico are ongoing as only 21.6 percent of grid electricity and 71.58 percent of running water have been restored. When Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico in mid-September, the storm produced widespread damage.