Hurricane Irma blacks out much of Puerto Rico

Hurricane Irma blacks out much of Puerto Rico

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.

Chito Olivencia grew up in Puerto Rico but moved to Buffalo when he was 7.

Aviation blogger Jason Rabinowitz tracked the plane's voyage using flightRadar24 and provided live commentary on Twitter, it was a nerve-wracking experience.

The scene at Miami International Airport Thursday was filled with emotion, as huge lines of people formed to get out ahead of the hurricane's arrival. The hurricane is a category 5 storm and is the worst to hit the shores since 1928.

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The jet landed in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Wednesday a little after noon.

Once on the ground, in a race against time, the crew had to service the plane - pump fuel, load passengers and more. "Everyone else has turned around".

"Amazing stuff", Rabinowitz tweeted as the plane departed.

She said intermittent power outages have become more common in Puerto Rico the past year or so, but people such as her husband who is a doctor would feel the effect of an extended power outage.

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Delta flight 431 made a decision to go it alone, racing from New York's JFK airport directly into the path of the storm for its destination: San Juan.

Fifty-two minutes after landing, the time had come. He says meteorologists for the Atlanta-based airline worked with the flight crew and agreed that it was safe to fly. Winds were recorded at 28 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour - well under the maximum limits for their Boeing 737-900ER plane to operate safely.

"Our flight and ground crews were incredible in their effort to turn the aircraft quickly and safely so the flight could depart well before the hurricane threat".

The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang reports that San Juan was hit by historic winds of up to 62 miles per hour later that same day.

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Obrion said she plans to stay in San Juan through the rest of her vacation since the storm has already passed. The airline credited its flight team and meteorology department for the successful flight, the Washington Post reported.

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