Locals with family in Puerto Rico fret over trying to get to the island to help

Puerto Rico 100% without power
Posted at 5:25 PM, Sep 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-20 17:25:28-04

Shortly after Hurricane Irma passed, ABC Action News shared the story of the Tampa Salvation Army Homeless Shelter that was without power for 75 people staying there. 

Within minutes of the story airing, one viewer, Liza Minnelli called offering her own generator to the Salvation Army to help give power to the shelter. 

Well, a week after Minnelli answered our call to action, she's trying to find a way to deliver help to her own family in Maria's path.

Minnelli has not heard from her family in Puerto Rico since Tuesday. This includes her mother, stepmother, brothers, sisters and cousins. 

"It's frustrating, aggravating, and heartbreaking knowing that you know for a fact it's going to be devastating," she said. 

Minnelli said her family has not had water since Irma hit last week. 

She worries about how long it will take to reach her family, and how long it will take to recover. 

"We don't have hurricane shutters there or hurricane windows, we don't have the construction coded like here," she said, "their houses are made out of wood."

Minnelli has already heard from social media that parts of her family's area is already devastated. 

The Valrico woman is now planning to take supplies -- food, water, and other necessities if she can find a way to get there when there is access to the island. 

"I just need a way to get there," she said.