Puerto Rico declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma

CNBC| Mon Sep 04 14:00:10 EDT 2017
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló on Monday declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard in preparation for the arrival of Irma, a dangerous Category 3 hurricane. Irma, which is forecast to strengthen on Tuesday night, is set hit the U.S. territory on Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. "Despite the economic challenges Puerto Rico is facing, the approved budget has $15 million for the emergency fund," Rosselló said in a statement. The island of about 3.4 million people has 456 emergency shelters prepared to house up to 62,100 people. To help residents prepare for the storm, the Puerto Rican government activated a price freeze on basic necessities, ..

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