Family of New Orleans physician rode out Irma in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm on Tuesday

Hurricane Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm on Tuesday

More than 1 million people in Puerto Rico are without power - almost 70 percent of customers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority.

Dr. Arelis Figueroa makes her living in metro New Orleans as an OB/GYN seeing patients, reviewing their records and keeping women informed about their health.

At least 14 people have been reported dead after Hurricane Irma wreaked a trail of destruction of a series of islands in the northeast Caribbean in recent days; residents of the state of Florida in the United States have been urged to be on alert as it heads their way this weekend.

Nearly 200 people were evacuated from San Juan in Puerto Rico thanks to Delta Airlines just before the island bore the brunt of Hurricane Irma on Wednesday.

Figueroa's mother, father, sister and a young niece and nephew live in Puerto Rico.

"I was very nervous, but there's a group of Puerto Ricans living here and we would talk to each other to see who's talked to who, their family - who has any information", Figueroa said.

As the eye of category 5 Hurricane Irma swept through Puerto Rico's mainlands on Thursday, locals were devastated with destroyed homes, life- threatening floods, and darkness.

They're safe after a scary night that heavily damaged the island.

Wind gusts were reported as high as 185 miles per hour for the deadly storm, after causing catastrophic damages and casualties to Caribbean islands Barbuda, St. Bart, and St. Martin. That shocking number is matched with an even more shocking reality: that the restoration of power in Puerto Rico could be delayed for months.

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