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Unique ExperienceIAmA Puerto Rican without power since Irma(86 days)! AMA

Nov 30th 2017 by T1BM • 21 Questions • 1494 Points

I’m a 21 year old that experienced his first hurricane(technically 2 but Irma just went past us) and during the first 20mins I wanted it to be over. I stayed awake for 24hrs throughout the whole storm. Now I’m dealing with the problems while still going to college!

More info: I spent the first few weeks doing 6-8hr lines for gas & 3-5hr lines for bags of ice. Then everyday I would drop off my electronics at a neighbor’s house which had a generator. Now things normalized and gas lines are gone, ice isn’t an issue and I own a generator thanks to family from the mainland that sent it to us.

Proof

Edit: Hurricane damage

Edit: How I charge my electronics. I own 6 of these

Edit: power cables connected around the house

Edit: More proof! My roofless balcony & neighborhood atm

Edit: Whoa this got traction! Questions can keep coming(something to do while I wait for generator lol) I got up early this morning and gonna head to Ponce with my dad and try to see the areas that were affected by the storm along the way.

Edit: It’s 87 days now.

Edit: You can donate here to help! https://secure.unicefusa.org/donate/support-unicef-usas-hurricane-relief-efforts-puerto-rico/32952

Edit: Have an album of pics during and after the storm provided by my family

Q:

What are your thoughts on the 200,000+ people who have permanently moved to the U.S. since the storm?

A:

My heart goes out for them. There’s a few colleagues of mine that completely lost their homes. One day you’re fine and then the next day your home is just shattered. I can’t imagine how it felt to lose everything and then having to move to the US.


Q:

Hoped for more? Dude, you are talking to a guy who survived a hurricane, was without power, is living off of a generator, who made himself available to answer anyone's questions on Reddit while trying to finish college. The premise of all of this is that you are talking to a college student who's living in Puerto Rico about the hurricane. Were you hoping for expert testimonial, professional opinion? Maybe he could do a google search and get you the links to that information, or perhaps skim that information then give you a summary of it?

Ok I'm being a little sarcastic. But really it just seems like you were offended at his answer. It just seems unnecessary. This isn't an investigatory work of journalism, nor does it ever claim to be. This is a conversation with a guy living there now. Isn't there value in learning about how the recovery efforts seem to the people who are actually depending on them?

A:

Your response is just golden lol. There are a few things in here that I just can’t respond to cause I don’t have full knowledge about them


Q:

Dear god, take my upvote and get this to the top!

A:

ThAt iS NoT a QuEsTiON!!1!

Jk lol thanks


Q:

A dead zone? (Literally means pocket)

A:

Yea that. Forgot what it was called in English.


Q:

How are you using reddit, without power?

A:

Cell data. AT&T gave out like 3 months of free data for those affected by the hurricane.


Q:

How do you have charge on your phone?


Q:

So technically you do have power. Just not city supplied.

A:

Yeah majority are getting generators cause this is going to be long term. The Governor promised that power will be back on December but that is very optimistic & unrealistic.


Q:

How has going outside changed since Irma?

A:

It’s made m dad more paranoid than he already was lol. Since there’s no traffic lights, there’s constant traffic and a lot of car accidents. So out of safety we don’t go out after 6pm cause it’s super dark and the road is filled with crazy drivers.


Q:

How long haven't you had power? Also, where are you from?

A:

86 days but 2 days before Marie I got power for 10 seconds and it went away Dx lol.

I live in San Juan


Q:

Are all parts of the government functioning? Like could you do something basic like get your birth certificate?

A:

Basic stuff like that is functioning pretty well so yea


Q:

How are you online?

A:

Free cell data thanks to AT&T


Q:

And what about keeping your phone charged? If you guys have access to 89 day batteries then hook us up!

A:

I have a generator which we turn on from 5pm-9am and during that time we charge our electronics & batteries.


Q:

Do you have enough paper towels?

A:

I do indeed


Q:

How are you posting on the internet if you do not have power?

I am not trying to be funny. I honestly have wondered if you have the opportunity to charge you’re phones or use internet somewhere.

A:

AT&T is providing free data for those affected by the hurricane and I’m living off a generator now that we turn on from 5pm-9am and that’s when I charge stuff.


Q:

How is that proof?

A:

To all accusing me right now, I’m in an area where there’s barely any cell service. I can’t give you the proof that you want because pictures of the damage from Maria aren’t being uploaded to Imgur. I don’t understand how you can assume that someone would lie going through something like this.


Q:

No one is accusing you, dude. What's with the persecution complex?

You called your picture proof, and I asked what that picture is proof of

A:

I thought I had to show a proof of myself? My first post got deleted cause it had no proof then the bot told me what I had to do and I did it.


Q:

My first post got deleted cause it had no proof then the bot told me what I had to do and I did it.

Proof of your claim of who you say you are ("Puerto Rican without power since Irma").... How does that equal a picture of half your face?

A:

How is it not? Did I forget to write something down?


Q:

How is it not?

What exactly do you think that picture is proof of?

A:

I saw another Puerto Rican doing an AMA and my pic was about the same as his so idk what I could be doing wrong. It’s my first AMA so excuse me if there is something wrong


Q:

Another Puerto Rican doing an AMA that I saw used a photo of hurricane damage with his username. This one doesn't do that.

A:

Most of the damage in my area is already gone? Trees been cut down and stuff. I can’t go back in time and plop my username next to it?


Q:

Understandable.

A:

I edited in the few pictures I have. My original phone died during the hurricane and the backup I had was a month before September so anything I took is gone. I got the pics from my brother. I have a video of the flooding during the storm saved in my Snapchat but idk where I can upload it and share.