Puerto Rican New Yorkers collect donations in preparation for Hurricane Irma aftermath

Puerto Rican New Yorkers collect donations in preparation for Hurricane Irma aftermath

Puerto Rican New Yorkers collect donations in preparation for Hurricane Irma aftermath

Hurricane Irma is barreling down on an Emmaus family in Puerto Rico visiting relatives and they say all they can do now is wait.

"We didn't make the decision, my daughter did", Smith said.

More than a million people are without power, and some could be without power for months - a problem worsened by aging infrastructure. Another weather system in the gulf of Mexico has just been named Tropical Storm Katia.

A Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale means sustained winds of 111-129 miles per hour (178-208 kph) with "devastating" outcomes, including uprooted trees, water and electricity outages, and significant property damage, according to the Miami-based hurricane center.

"I was a little anxious just because of the whole Texas hurricane", Harp said.

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Even though staff have been allowed go home, most have opted to stay and help the guests.

Harp said the hotel ordered everyone back to the building by noon.

"I got a phone call on Friday before we travelled and at that point they weren't expecting it to be out of the ordinary", Rebecca told the Herald. He said overall Puerto Rico was extremely well prepared for the storm.

"We didn't expect a Category 5", said Ayaz. "So we tried to walk to the end of the street. Last we saw it was heading a little north".

Architect and designer Rebecca said that "nobody is in the streets" and people have taken extra measures to board up any glass in their homes and businesses.

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They said several of their bakery's employees were trying to get in contact with their family, but lost contact since the power outage.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson said he's been in the state the past few days but returned to Congress to pass an emergency funding package. He's ready to head back to Indianapolis.

"Definitely was on my mind, I was anxious about my family members as we've never had a storm that big as we've never had a Cat 5", Figueroa said.

Most airlines, including United, American and Delta, were accused of raising their prices to almost $3,000 for flights to and from the area, according to Inc. This area is San Juan.

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