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Biden vows US won't stroll away from storm-struck Puerto Rico

Biden vows US won't stroll away from storm-struck Puerto Rico

SAN SALVADOR, Puerto Rico (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday the filled ability of the confederate management is prepared to assist Puerto Rico recuperate from the devastation of Hurricane Fiona flat while Bermuda accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Canada's Atlantic provinces were preparing for a greatest blast from the Category 4 storm.

Speaking at a briefing accompanied by Federal Emergency Management Agency officials inside New York, Biden said, "We're all inside this together."

Biden noted that hundreds of FEMA accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other confederate officials are by that hour dated on the ground inside Puerto Rico, where Fiona caused an island-wide blackout.

More than 60% of ability customers remained lacking vitality on Thursday, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by a third of customers were lacking aqua — accompanied by every one one other accompanied by local officials admitted they could not speak when labour would exist completely restored.

Biden said his message to the people of Puerto Rico who are still hurting from Hurricane Maria five years ago is, "We're accompanied by you. We're not going to stroll away."

That seemed to sketch a difference accompanied by former President Donald Trump, who was widely accused of an inadequate response to Maria, which left-hand some Puerto Ricans lacking ability for 11 months.

The hurricane was expected to still exist at Category 4 ability overnight when it passes near to Bermuda, where authorities there were opening shelters accompanied by every one one other accompanied by announced schools accompanied by every one one other accompanied by offices would exist closed on Friday.

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Fiona's outer bands were by that hour dated reaching the British territory inside early afternoon.

It's expected to still exist a large accompanied by every one one other accompanied by dangerously potent when it reaches Canada's Atlantic provinces, probable late Friday, while a post-tropical cyclone.

"It's going to exist a tempest that everyone remembers when it is all said accompanied by every one one other accompanied by done," said Bob Robichaud, warning preparedness meteorologist for the Canadian Hurricane Centre.

Hundreds of people inside Puerto Rico remained gash off by main highway quartet days following the hurricane ripped into the U.S. territory, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by exasperation was mounting for people exist fond of Nancy Galarza, who tried to signal for assist from labour crews she spotted inside the distance.

"Everyone goes over there," she said pointing inside the way of crews at the foot of the summit who were helping others excessively gash off by the storm. "No one comes here to see us. I am worried for all the elderly people inside this community."

At least five landslides cover the small main highway to her inhabitants inside the precipitous mountains around the northern town of Caguas. The only way to stretch not here the settlement is to climb over thick hills of mud, go to with every one other accompanied by fro accompanied by every one one other accompanied by debris left-hand by Fiona, whose floodwaters shook the the foundations of nearby homes accompanied by earthquake-like force.

"The rocks sounded exist fond of thunder," recalled Vanessa Flores, a 47-year-old educational organization janitor. "I've never inside my actuality heard that. It was horrible."

At least one elderly woman who relies on oxygen was evacuated on Thursday by city officials who were employed under a pelting rainfall to understandable paths to the San Salvador community.

Ramiro Figueroa, 63, said his bedridden 97-year-old bedridden father refused to depart from place of residence inside malice of insistence from rescue crews. Their main highway was blocked by mud, rocks, trees accompanied by every one one other accompanied by his sister's pickup, which was washed down the high ground all over the storm.

National Guard troops accompanied by every one one other accompanied by others brought water, cereal, canned peaches accompanied by every one one other accompanied by place of set of two bottles of apple juice.

"That has helped me enormously," Figueroa said while he scanned the devastated landscape, where a watercourse had changed its way accompanied by every one one other accompanied by tore up the community.

At least eight of 11 communities inside Caguas are completely isolated, said Luis González, municipal inspector of recuperation accompanied by every one one other accompanied by reconstruction. It's one of at least sextet municipalities where crews have yet to stretch not here some areas. People there regularly exist contingent on on assist from neighbors, while they did following Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 tempest inside 2017 that killed almost 3,000 people.

Miguel Veguilla said that inside Maria's aftermath he used picks accompanied by every one one other accompanied by shovels to understandable debris. But Fiona was different, unleashing enormous landslides.

"I cannot hurl those rocks over my shoulder," he said.

Like hundreds of thousands inside Puerto Rico, Veguilla has no indeed indeed aqua or ability service, nevertheless said there is a natural aqua leap nearby.

Danciel Rivera, 31, arrived inside rural Caguas accompanied by a house of God category accompanied by every one one other accompanied by tried to convey a little cheer by dressing while a clown.

"That's extremely important inside these moments," he said, noting that people had never completely recovered from Hurricane Maria. "A a large amount of PTSD has reared its head these days."

His enormous clown shoes squelched into with every one other accompanied by not here of the mire while he greeted people, whose faces lit up while they smiled at him.

Puerto Rico's management said some 62% of 1.47 million customers remained lacking ability Thursday. A third of customers, or additional than 400,000, did not yet have aqua service.

"Too numerous homes accompanied by every one one other accompanied by businesses are still lacking power" Biden said inside New York, adding that additional utility crews were place to journey to the island to assist reinstate ability inside the coming days.

The administrative director of Puerto Rico's Electric Energy Authority, Josué Colón, told a report conference that areas less affected by Fiona should have ability by Friday morning. But officials declined to speak when ability would exist restored to the hardest-hit places accompanied by every one one other accompanied by said they were employed earliest to obtain vitality to hospitals accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other answer infrastructure.

Neither local nor confederate management officials had provided an all-inclusive violently calculate of injury from the storm, which dropped up to 30 inches of rainfall inside some areas.

The U.S. center said Fiona had greatest sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph) on Thursday. It was centered concerning 345 miles (550 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda, heading north-northeast at 16 mph (26 kph).

Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 70 miles (110 kilometers) from the center accompanied by every one one other accompanied by tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 205 miles (335 kilometers).

Bermuda Premier David Burt sent a tweet urging residents to "take protected from danger keeping of yourself accompanied by every one one other accompanied by your family. Let's all remember to inspect on while well while look not here for your seniors, family accompanied by every one one other accompanied by neighbors. Stay safe."

The Canadian Hurricane Centre issued a hurricane watch large coastal expanses of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Prince Edward Island.

Hurricanes inside Canada are somewhat rare, inside small part since on one instance the storms stretch not here colder waters, they mislay their main leap of energy. accompanied by every one one other accompanied by become extratropical. Those cyclones still tin have hurricane-strength winds, nevertheless now have a chilly while an different of a heated centre accompanied by every one one other accompanied by no indeed indeed perceptible eye. Their form tin exist different too. They mislay their symmetric form accompanied by every one one other accompanied by tin additional look exist fond of a comma.

Fiona so a lengthy way has been blamed for at least five deaths — place of set of two inside Puerto Rico, place of set of two inside the Dominican Republic accompanied by every one one other accompanied by one inside the French overseas dividing of Guadeloupe.

Fiona excessively hit the Turks accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Caicos Islands on Tuesday, nevertheless officials there reported relatively illumination injury accompanied by every one one other accompanied by no indeed indeed deaths.

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Associated Press writers Zeke Miller accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Seth Borenstein inside New York, Rob Gillies inside Toronto accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Maricarmen Rivera Sánchez inside San Juan, Puerto Rico, contributed.

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people inside a lengthy dash of cars inside the northern summit town of Caguas, where the management had sent a aqua truck, one of at least 18 inappropriately namedsupposed "oases" place up across the island.\u003c/p>\u003cp>The circumstances was maddening for numerous people across an island on one instance on one occasion additional left-hand lacking basic services following a storm.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"We idea we had a bad experience accompanied by Maria, nevertheless this was worse," Gerardo Rodríguez said inside the southern coastal town of Salinas, referring to the 2017 hurricane that caused almost 3,000 deaths accompanied by every one one other accompanied by demolished the island's ability grid.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Fiona dumped violently place of set of two feet of rainfall on parts of Puerto Rico earlier to blasting across the eastern Dominican Republic accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the Turks accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Caicos 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small air cooler inside the traveller seat. Earlier, she had blasted the air "Hijos del Canaveral" ("Sons of the Sugarcane Field\"), written by Puerto Rican hip-hop celestial body René Pérez while an ode to Puerto Rico accompanied by every one one other accompanied by its people's bravery.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"I needed a report of patriotism," she said. "I needed ability to do this on one instance again."\u003c/p>\u003cp>Veguilla had waited inside dash Tuesday, only to exist told that the aqua had sprint not here accompanied by every one one other accompanied by that another truck would not exist available until Wednesday.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Some people ahead of Veguilla gave up accompanied by every one one other accompanied by drove away, accompanied by tensions running high the longer people waited.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"Move!" yelled one driver, fearful of people trying to gash in.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Some who saw the dash opted while an different to operate to a nearby main main highway where fresh aqua trickled down the mountainside via a bamboo pipe that someone had installed.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>Greg Reyes, an English teacher, stood inside dash inside muddy flip-flops to congregate aqua for himself, his girlfriend accompanied by every one one other accompanied by their cat. He had brought a large bag holding all the empty containers he could find inside their house, including additional than a dozen small aqua bottles.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Reyes said he accompanied by every one one other accompanied by his partner had been buying aqua since Fiona hit, nevertheless couldn't pay for to do so some longer.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Standing behind him was retiree William Rodríguez, surrounded by trio large buckets accompanied by every one one other accompanied by quartet gallon containers. He had been living inside Massachusetts accompanied by every one one other accompanied by decided to return to Puerto Rico concerning sextet months ago.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"But I exist convinced by I'm leaving again," he said while he shook his head.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Those inside the dash grumbled concerning the slow step of recuperation accompanied by every one one other accompanied by accused the management of not helping them while people on communal media accompanied by every one one other accompanied by flat a gym said their doors were not shut to anyone who needed aqua or a shower.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>"This hasn't been easy," said Juan Santos, a retiree who held the hand of his 5-year-old grandson. "We are suffering."\u003c/p>\u003cp>None of those inside dash had ability either, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by numerous wondered if it would lay clasp of while lengthy to reinstate while it did accompanied by Hurricane Maria.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Power firm officials at earliest said it would lay clasp of a few days for ability to exist restored, nevertheless at that hour dated appeared to backtrack Tuesday night, saying they faced numerous obstacles.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"Hurricane Fiona has severely impacted electrical infrastructure accompanied by every one one other accompanied by number of years facilities all over the island. We want to build it extremely understandable that efforts to reinstate accompanied by every one one other accompanied by reenergize convey on accompanied by accompanied by every one one other accompanied by are actuality affected by severe flooding, impassable roads, downed trees, deteriorating equipment, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by downed lines," said Luma, the firm that operates ability transmission accompanied by every one one other accompanied by distribution.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>Officials said crews found some substations underwater accompanied by every one one other accompanied by inaccessible.\u003c/p>\u003cp>But Luma said it expected to reinstate ability Wednesday to a a large amount of of Puerto Rico's northern coast, which Fiona mostly spared. \u003c/p>\u003cp>The hum of generators could exist heard across the territory while people became increasingly exasperated.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"I convey on accompanied by to hope that by the extremity of today, a large small part of the inhabitants will have these services," said Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi.\u003c/p>\u003cp>The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency traveled to Puerto Rico on Tuesday accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the agency announced it was sending hundreds of additional personnel to boost local response efforts. 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Storm surge could lift aqua levels there by while a a large amount of while 5 to 8 feet above normal, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.\u003c/p>\u003cp>While the tempest was still lashing the archipelago late Tuesday, officials reported only a handful of downed trees accompanied by every one one other accompanied by electric posts accompanied by every one one other accompanied by no indeed indeed deaths. However, they noted that telecommunications on Grand Turk were severely affected.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"Fiona certainly has battled us over the last few hours, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by we're not not here of the thick of it yet," said Akierra Missick, minister of physical preparation accompanied by every one one other accompanied by infrastructure development.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Late Tuesday night, the tempest was centered concerning 75 miles (120 kilometers) northern of North Caicos Island, accompanied by hurricane-force winds extending up to 30 miles (45 kilometers) from the center.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\">\u003c/div>\u003cp>Premier Washington Misick had urged people to evacuate. "Storms are unpredictable," he said inside a statement from London, where he had attended the burial of Queen Elizabeth II.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Fiona had greatest sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph) accompanied by every one one other accompanied by was moving north-northwest at 8 mph (13 kph), according to the Hurricane Center, which said the tempest was probable to build strong into a Category 4 hurricane while it approaches Bermuda on Friday.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Rain was still lashing parts of Puerto Rico Tuesday, where the sounds of people scraping, sweeping accompanied by every one one other accompanied by spraying their homes accompanied by every one one other accompanied by streets echoed across rural areas while famous floodwaters began to recede.\u003c/p>\u003cp>In the centre summit town of Cayey, where the Plato River split not shut its banks accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the brown torrent of aqua consumed cars accompanied by every one one other accompanied by homes, overturned dressers, beds accompanied by every one one other accompanied by large refrigerators lay strewn inside people's yards Tuesday.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"Puerto Rico is not prepared for this, or for anything," said Mariangy Hernández, a 48-year-old housewife, who said she doubted the management would assist her inhabitants of some 300 inside the lengthy term, inside malice of ongoing efforts to understandable the streets accompanied by every one one other accompanied by reinstate power. "This is only for a place of set of two of days accompanied by every one one other accompanied by subsequent they fail to remember concerning us."\u003c/p>\u003cdiv id='a673658b0a5e48e5bbe1789f6a3beb5f' class='media-placeholder'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>She accompanied by every one one other accompanied by her husband were stuck inside dash waiting for the National Guard to understandable a landslide inside their hilly neighborhood.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"Is it open? Is it open?" one driver asked, worried that the main highway ability have been completely closed.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Other drivers asked the National Guard if they could sway by their homes to assist gash trees or understandable clumps of mire accompanied by every one one other accompanied by debris.\u003c/p>\u003cp>The cleanup efforts occurred on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria, which hit while a Category 4 tempest inside 2017 accompanied by every one one other accompanied by knocked not here ability for a year inside parts of Cayey.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Jeannette Soto, a 34-year-old manicurist, worried it would lay clasp of a lengthy hour dated for crews to reinstate ability since a landslide swept away the neighborhood's main illumination post.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"It's the earliest hour dated this happens," she said of the landslides. "We didn't exist convinced by the magnitude of the rainfall was going to exist so great.\"\u003c/p>\u003cp>Gov. Pedro Pierluisi requested a greatest catastrophe declaration on Tuesday accompanied by every one one other accompanied by said it would exist at least a week earlier to authorities have an violently calculate of the injury that Fiona caused. \u003c/p>\u003cp>He said the injury caused by the rainfall was "catastrophic," mostly inside the island's central, south accompanied by every one one other accompanied by southeast regions.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"The impact caused by the hurricane has been devastating for numerous people," he said.\u003c/p>\u003cp>The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency traveled to Puerto Rico on Tuesday while the agency announced it was sending hundreds of additional personnel to boost local response efforts.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Health accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Human Services declared a condition health crisis on the island accompanied by every one one other accompanied by deployed a place of set of two of teams to the U.S. territory.\u003c/p>\u003cp>The broad tempest kept dropping copious rainfall over the Dominican Republic accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Puerto Rico, where a 58-year-old male died following police said he was swept away by a watercourse inside the centre summit town of Comerio.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv id=\"afs:Card:952917088059\" content-id=\"73e1cfe498d50a4e85fb8de51723ee46\" class=\"hub-peek-embed\">Hub peek embed (Hurricanes) - Compressed layout \u003c/div>\u003cp>Another demise was linked to a ability blackout — a 70-year-old male was burned to demise following he tried to become filled his generator accompanied by gasoline while it was running, officials said.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Parts of the island had received additional than 25 inches (64 centimeters) of rainfall accompanied by every one one other accompanied by additional was falling Tuesday.\u003c/p>\u003cp>National Guard Brig. Gen. Narciso Cruz described the flooding while historic.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"There were communities that flooded inside the tempest that didn't flood under Maria," he said, referring to the 2017 hurricane that caused almost 3,000 deaths. "I've never seen anything exist fond of this."\u003c/p>\u003cp>Cruz said 670 people have been rescued inside Puerto Rico, including 19 people at a retirement place of residence inside Cayey that was inside danger of collapsing.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"The rivers broke their banks accompanied by every one one other accompanied by blanketed communities," he said.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Some people were rescued via kayaks accompanied by every one one other accompanied by boats while others nestled into the massive shovel of a digger accompanied by every one one other accompanied by were lifted to higher ground.\u003c/p>\u003cp>He lamented that some people at earliest refused to depart from their homes, adding that he understood why.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"It's anthropoid nature," he said. "But when they saw their lives were inside danger, they agreed to leave."\u003c/p>\u003cp>The blow from Fiona was made additional devastating since \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/storms-caribbean-hurricanes-puerto-rico-5523cce6806b78269b3122afcfd93ce4\">Puerto Rico has yet to recuperate from Hurricane Maria\u003c/a>, which destroyed the ability grid inside 2017. Five years later, additional than 3,000 homes on the island are still covered by blue tarps.\u003c/p>\u003cp>U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday he would push for the confederate management to cover 100% of catastrophe response costs — while an different of the usual 75% — while small part of an crisis catastrophe declaration.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"We need to build sure this time, Puerto Rico has completely every one thing it needs, while inside a short hour dated while possible, for while lengthy while they need it," he said.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Authorities said Tuesday that \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/floods-storms-hurricanes-weather-dominican-republic-b0932ff0e3c40627e81ffad4d4d5d0dd\">at least 1,220 people accompanied by every one one other accompanied by additional than 70 pets remained inside shelters\u003c/a> across the island.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Fiona triggered a blackout when it hit Puerto Rico's southwest curve on Sunday, the anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, which slammed into the island inside 1989 while a Category 3 storm.\u003c/p>\u003cp>By Tuesday morning, authorities said they had restored ability to almost 300,000 of the island's 1.47 million customers. Puerto Rico's executive warned it could lay clasp of days earlier to everyone has electricity.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\">\u003c/div>\u003cp>Water labour was gash to additional than 760,000 customers — place of set of two thirds of the total on the island — since of turbid aqua at filtration plants or lack of power, officials said.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Fiona was forecast to weaken earlier to running into easternmost Canada over the weekend. It was not expected to threaten the U.S. mainland.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\">\u003c/div>\u003cp>In the Dominican Republic, authorities reported place of set of two deaths: a 68-year-old male hit by a falling saplingconifer accompanied by every one one other accompanied by an 18-year-old girl who was struck by a falling electrical pole while riding a motorcycle. The tempest forced additional than 1,550 people to seek safety inside management shelters accompanied by every one one other accompanied by left-hand additional than 406,500 homes lacking power.\u003c/p>\u003cp>The hurricane left-hand some highways blocked, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by a tourist pier inside the town of Miches was poorly damaged by high waves. At least quartet international airports were closed, officials said.\u003c/p>\u003cp>The Dominican president, Luis Abinader, said authorities would need some days to assess the storm's effects.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Fiona formerly battered the eastern Caribbean, killing one male inside the French territory of Guadeloupe when floodwaters washed his place of residence away, officials said.\u003c/p>\u003cp>___\u003c/p>\u003cp>Associated Press reporters Martín Adames inside Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Maricarmen Rivera Sánchez inside San Juan, Puerto Rico, contributed.\u003c/p>","alertLinkDateTime":null,"storyLayout":{},"reporters":[],"headlinePlacement":null,"relatedStoryEmbeds":[],"disableNativo":false}]}],"headlineWidget":false,"hubPeekLinkText":null,"hubPeekTagId":"Storms","hubPeekTagName":"Storms","hubPeekCanonicalName":"storms","hubPeekIsPr":false,"minimizedStoryCount":null,"tagObjs":[],"textColor":"#000000","layoutType":"Column List","customLayoutType":null,"styleName":"Compressed","endDateTime":null,"teamLimit":25,"medalCounts":null,"medalsUpdated":null,"olympicYear":null,"notificationUrl":null,"notificationText":null,"notificationTitle":null,"notificationType":null,"notificationUpdated":null,"adUnits":null,"displayPositionHome":null,"displayPositionApp":null,"featuredCard":null,"publishedDate":"2022-01-28 04:35:50","enableTblRegion":false}},"loadedAt":{"afs:Card:404354148709-a9d3d02464f300024e3b77a40cc8e05d":1663878070792},"expiration":120000},"content":{"loading":{},"error":{},"data":{"urn:publicid:ap.org:a9d3d02464f300024e3b77a40cc8e05d":{"id":"urn:publicid:ap.org:a9d3d02464f300024e3b77a40cc8e05d","shortId":"a9d3d02464f300024e3b77a40cc8e05d","etag":"a9d3d02464f300024e3b77a40cc8e05d_9a14aza0c0","bylines":"By DÁNICA COTO","contentType":"text","disableConnatix":false,"downloadSettings":{},"embedCaption":null,"embedHeight":null,"embedHTML":null,"embedLinkURL":null,"firstWords":"\u003cp>SAN SALVADOR, Puerto Rico (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday the filled ability of the confederate management is prepared to assist Puerto Rico recuperate from the devastation of Hurricane Fiona flat while Bermuda accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Canada's Atlantic provinces were preparing for a greatest blast from the Category 4 storm.\u003c/p>","hasTextOverlay":false,"headline":"Biden vows US won't stroll away from storm-struck Puerto Rico","description":null,"interactiveLinkUrl":null,"interactiveLinkUrlText":null,"language":"en","leadPhotoId":"6ce49f640c524219b30a6826c43902cd","leadVideoId":null,"localLinkUrl":"https://apnews.com/a9d3d02464f300024e3b77a40cc8e05d","localMemberName":null,"media":[{"id":"6ce49f640c524219b30a6826c43902cd","type":"Photo","caption":"\u003cp>President Joe Biden speaks concerning Hurricane Fiona all over a pay someone a call to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 2 office inside New York, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. 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