After heavy rain from Hurricane Fiona left a trail of devastation around Puerto Rico, Jada Adorno and her husband left their home, about 25 miles south of the capital, San Juan, to help clear some of the damage.

“We spent the day with the neighbors going down the road with my husband with a chainsaw and some machetes and clearing all the trees and bamboo from the road,” Adorno said. “It’s pretty insane.”

What You Need To Know

  • Puerto Rico lost power, water during Hurricane Fiona

  • Local authorities expect it to take days before power is back

  • LUMA, the island's power company, said 100,000 customers as of Monday had power

Adorno is a retired NYPD officer from Brooklyn who moved to Puerto Rico with her husband over two years ago.

“All the trees were torn off, the paint’s ripped from the buildings,” Adorno said. “Across the river, all the houses, they all flooded because the river literally went up to the houses. Literally, that’s what we saw all day today, cleaning it up.”

Some areas of the island got hit harder than others, but most people lost power and water.

Personal generators are helping some with their electricity and bottled water is sustaining many.

All this while some residents are still recovering from Hurricane Maria five years later. That storm killed nearly 3,000 people.

“Hurricanes will come and go. That’s part of the force of nature. That’s not the problem,” Amir Laraki said. “The problem is how we respond to it as Puerto Ricans.”

Amir Laraki, his sister Safira Laraki say this storm was not nearly as devastating. They were able to speak with NY1 virtually from their apartment building about 25 miles east of San Juan.

They criticize the island’s government and the private power company, LUMA, for failing to maintain basic necessities.

“We don’t have light nor water most of the time,” Amir Laraki said. “So, it’s not something that we can accept as a whole community.”

“We are seeing how the people are going out to buy gasoline there’s long lines already,” Safira Laraki said. “We went out to visit our grandma and we saw how trees are on the road. there’s a lot of people that are in need and we’re seeing the repercussions of the hurricane, right now.”