FOREST CITY, N.C. (FOX 46 WJZY) - Hurricane Maria was the easy part to survive -that's what two professors from the university of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez tell FOX 46 Charlotte
"What's scary is what's going out now because we are basically running out of supplies, gasoline, water, food and it's intense," Morales said.
Alesandra Morales and Stephen Hughes are two of the lucky few to get out off the island and they say it’s all thanks to a landline Morales' grandmother had.
"Grandmas and Grandpas that have old landlines in the houses are really the saviors of the day," Hughes said.
Hughes also thanks his brother for staying up all night and getting them tickets on Jet Blue's first relief flight out.
Both say they spent days trying to find a cell signal, even driving to the metro area because they were told they had cell service there.
"Like zero, no cellphone signal, no WiFi. We even drove to the airport and got kicked out because it was a military airport," Morales said.
That is something we can all relate to. Many of us having the same problem getting in touch with our loved ones in Puerto Rico
While the situation sounds desperate and there are logistical issues on the island, both Morales and Hughes tell FOX 46 the people there are doing what they can to get through this together.
"The people that live in Puerto Rico, the Americans that live there, they are very resourceful and they are very positive. The good news, the people are doing their best to work together because everyone is in the same boat," Hughes said.
Donations have been helpful but they want people to know that once Puerto Rico rebuilds they can also help by visiting the island and kick starting the economy.