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This is what it’s like to fly out of the San Juan airport after Hurricane Maria

Travelers in Puerto Rico face long waits, limited power in terminals after Hurricane Maria

Miami Herald reporter Patricia Mazzei and photojournalist Carl Juste boarded one of the earliest flights out of San Juan flying back to Miami on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. Mazzei recaps her reporting since Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territor
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Miami Herald reporter Patricia Mazzei and photojournalist Carl Juste boarded one of the earliest flights out of San Juan flying back to Miami on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. Mazzei recaps her reporting since Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territor

As residents of Puerto Rico try to flee the island following Hurricane Maria’s devastation, they face a hot, dark, uncomfortable experience at San Juan’s Luis Marín Muñoz International Airport, which is functioning with little electricity and badly damaged air-traffic control systems.

Miami Herald reporter Patricia Mazzei, who left the Sunday night after several days of covering the storm, described on Twitter what it’s like to fly out of an airport with limited power and running water — and throngs of other passengers waiting to get out.

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