After escaping Harvey, San Antonio woman riding out Irma in Puerto Rico

Trystan Castillo


Hurricane Harvey led officials in Texas to issue 170 boil water notices across the state, only three-fourths of which had been rescinded as of September 5, according to data from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. When he retired nine years ago, he moved back to Puerto Rico.

In a blog post titled 'Delta Goes Big, Then Goes Home, flight-tracking service FlightRadar24 said: "As Hurricane Irma bore down San Juan, Puerto Rico, Delta sent one last flight to help evacuate a few hundred people from San Juan just before the airport closed". However, recent reports have revealed that a Delta flight quite literally flew to where Irma is and made it back in the nick of time.

Officials in Puerto Rico said three people have been killed and more than one million people are without power because of Irma, despite the fact that the category five hurricane did not directly hit the US territory.

Radar data of the plane's flight path offered a spectacular show for aviation enthusiasts who followed in real time as Delta Flight 431 headed south right into the unsafe storm before noon.

According to Rabinowitz, the flight spent just 52 minutes on the ground before taking off for NY, flying between the outer band of Hurricane Irma and the storm's core. "Everyone else has turned around", he said".

Fifty-two minutes after landing, the time had come. The air velocity was around 24 knots with gusts up to 31 knots, and condition deteriorating fast it indicated everything that was below safe operating limits for the 737-900ER.

Erik Snell, vice president for Delta operations and customer centre, said the airline's meteorology team was the best in the business. How was the approach to San Juan?

He added, "And 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".

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