Cherry Point Marines continue work in hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Three months after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, the Caribbean island is recovering with help from local service members.

Marines with Marine Air Control Squadron 2, Marine Air Control Group 28, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing from Cherry Point have been operating in Puerto Rico since recovery efforts began following the hurricane.

They have assisted after the Federal Aviation Administration saw two of its Doppler radars rendered inoperable after the category 4 storm tore through the U.S. territory.

Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet says Hurricane Maria left a massive data gap that hindered the weather forecast and warning operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Due to their collaboration, they have been able to serve 3.5 million people with early warnings and improved precipitation forecasts while the FAA radars are restored.