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NASA to launch JPSS-1 weather satellite Saturday morning

NASA, in partnership with the NOAA, will launch a satellite Saturday that will help improve weather forecasts.

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The satellite launch was scheduled for earlier this week, but was postponed twice, once because of high winds and once because of technical difficulties.

The launch for the JPSS-1 satellite is scheduled at 4:47 a.m. Saturday, according to NASA.

>> Related: NASA postpones JPSS-1 weather satellite launch

A live stream of the launch will be available on NASA’s website starting at 4:15 a.m.

The satellites will help improve NOAA forecasts for the three to seven day time frame. The data collected from the JPSS is fed into the numerical forecast models to help improve them. The satellites will also collect atmospheric measurements, ground conditions and ocean conditions like vegetation, hurricane intensity and atmospheric moisture. 

The JPSS-1 will be launch from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California pending proper flight conditions. The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday.

>> Related: NASA scrubs launch of JPSS-1 weather satellite again

This satellite is a polar orbiting satellite, which means it will orbit the earth from the one pole to the other passing the equator 14 times a day. Full coverage of the planet will then be provided twice a day.

JPSS-2 is planned to launch in 2021, and JPSS-3 and JPSS-4 are anticipated to launch in 2026 and 2031.

NASA scrubs launch of JPSS-1 weather satellite again

4:37 a.m. EST Wednesday: The satellite launch scheduled for this morning was canceled due to upper level winds, according to NASA.

ORIGINAL STORY: NASA, in partnership with the NOAA, will launch a satellite today that will help improve weather forecasts.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: NASA postpones JPSS-1 weather satellite launch

The launch for the JPSS-1 satellite is scheduled for 4:47 a.m. EST, according to NASA.

A live stream of the launch will be available on NASA’s website.

The satellites will help improve NOAA forecasts for the three- to seven-day time frame. The data collected from the JPSS is fed into the numerical forecast models to help improve them. The satellites will also collect atmospheric measurements, ground conditions and ocean conditions like vegetation, hurricane intensity and atmospheric moisture. 

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The JPSS-1 will be launched from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California pending proper flight conditions. The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was delayed until today.

This satellite is a polar orbiting satellite, which means it will orbit the earth from the one pole to the other passing the equator 14 times a day. Full coverage of the planet will be provided then twice a day.

NASA postpones JPSS-1 weather satellite launch

NASA, in partnership with the NOAA, scrubbed Tuesday’s launch of a weather satellite that will help improve weather forecasts due to a last-minute technical problem.

JPSS-1 is the first of a few polar orbiting satellites to launch from the Joint Polar Satellite System.

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The satellites will help improve NOAA forecasts for the three- to seven-day time frame. The data collected from the JPSS is fed into the numerical forecast models to help improve them. The satellites will also collect atmospheric measurements, ground conditions and ocean conditions like vegetation, hurricane intensity, and atmospheric moisture.

The JPSS-1 was scheduled to be launched around 4:47 a.m. EST from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California. The launch has been postponed until Wednesday.

This satellite is a polar orbiting satellite, which means it will orbit the earth from the one pole to the other passing the equator 14 times a day. Full coverage of the planet will be provided then twice a day.

Could a coming storm system turn into a ‘weather bomb’?

UPDATE (Nov 15) 2:30 p.m.

The first of two major storm systems to impact the Miami Valley is crossing the area this evening bringing with it showers and breezy conditions. 

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We are still tracking a stronger system which will impact our area Friday into Saturday. There have been some changes in how the late week storm is set to evolve. Earlier model runs from a few days ago showed this storm system rapidly strengthening and pushing across the Miami Valley late on Friday. 

That timing would have increased the risk for severe storms in our area late Friday and produced a significant threat for high winds. While the threat for strong winds still appears to be on the table, the timing has changed based on the latest model runs.

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Now, the storm system is forecast to move into the Ohio Valley early Saturday morning which will lower the threat for any severe storms. It also appears the storm system will not quite “bomb out” as it moves across the Great Lakes, although it will still intensify rapidly as it moves into the region. It now appears the storm system will not meet the definition of a “bombogenesis” which would mean the storm system would need to strengthen 1 millibar per hour for 24 hours.

That being said, there will still be a strong low-level jet stream that sets up with and just behind the storm system. As the storm system moves into the region late Friday, gusty winds will pick up to near or over 25 mph. As the cold front crosses early Saturday morning, wind gusts of over 40mph will be possible.

As cold air ushers in on Saturday morning, wind gusts could jump to between 40 to 50mph briefly before diminishing some Saturday afternoon and evening.

It will remain blustery through the weekend with temperatures falling from the 50s into the 30s Saturday and holding in the 30s on Sunday.

There will also be the chance for some scattered flurries or snow showers late Saturday night into Sunday, especially north of I-70. 

FIRST REPORT

As the seasons begin to change, the clash of warm and cold air masses fuel big storms, and we’ve certainly been a witness to that this month.

November is certainly known in history to produce some doozies. Just this past weekend, we passed the anniversary of the Veteran’s Day tornado outbreak that killed 36 people, including four in Ohio, in 2002. It was also the 42-year anniversary of a severe Great Lakes storm in 1975 that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald, killing all 29 on board.

A little more than a week ago, another massive storm produced 17 tornadoes in Ohio alone, with more in Indiana. Now, if the forecast models are correct, another major storm looks to impact the Miami Valley by the end of this week.

» READ MORE: National Weather Service confirms 17 tornado touchdowns in Ohio

Since last weekend, our long-range models have been showing the potential for another intense storm system to develop across the Northern and Central Plains late this week. The storm system is then forecast to begin “bombogenesis” as it sweeps into the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes. Bombogenesis refers to a rapidly intensifying area of low pressure.

To be classified as a weather bomb, the central pressure of an intensifying storm system must drop at least 24 millibars within 24 hours. Such storm systems are known to produce very strong, and in some cases near hurricane-force, winds. These types of systems are quite common near New England in the winter when Nor-Easters produce massive amounts of snow and blizzard conditions up the East Coast.

» READ MORE: 15 damaging storms that pounded Ohio in recent history

Sometimes these power storm systems can form near or over the Great Lakes and are aided by the relatively warm waters of the lakes. Late this week, we may get to witness what one of these intense storm systems looks — and feels — like.

At this point, it is too early to know if severe winds will be felt across the Miami Valley, but the potential exists for wind gusts to exceed 50 mph by late Friday and perhaps into Saturday. With such wind speeds, some power outages could be possible and should be planned for. If you have any loose items still outside, you’ll want to secure those before you go to bed Thursday night.

» WEATHER: Get the latest Storm Center 7 forecast

The greatest impact from the high winds will likely be closer to the Great Lakes themselves, not to mention on the Great Lakes where waves could grow to over 10 to 15 feet (or perhaps higher). Also, if you have early Thanksgiving Day travel plans, some flights could be impacted by this storm beginning late Thursday and through the weekend.

One other important note, if you have already started decorating for the holidays, or are planning to start later this week or even into the weekend, you may either want to make sure everything is secure or just hold off until the weekend after Thanksgiving. Otherwise, your Santa Claus may just take flight after all, along with the rest of your decorations.

Strong winds could gust at nearly 60 mph late-week

A major storm system will bring strong winds across much of the region late Friday into the weekend.

“I continue to keep an eye on the latest models and they continue to show intense winds pushing across much of the Ohio Valley late Friday into Saturday,” Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

If the European model is correct, there could be some gusts approaching 60 mph.

“While that may be a bit extreme, it is certainly in the realm of possibilities this time of year with big November storm systems,” Elwell said.

>> 5-Day Forecast

For those with plans to get outdoor Christmas decorations ready before Thanksgiving, Elwell suggests waiting until the following weekend to put them up.

Keep up-to-date on the weather on the WHIO Weather App. Make sure you have it on your phone to stay alerted to changing weather this week and the coming weekend.

Surfing in Ohio? 911 calls pour in as men ride waves on raging river

Emergency dispatchers in Dayton, Ohio, received multiple 911 calls Monday reporting two people potentially drowning in the Great Miami River, bloated and raging after Sunday’s record rainfall.

But surfers Shannon Thomas and Josh Wright were having the times of their lives.

“I had a blast. It was probably one of the best surfs I’ve had in a while,” Thomas said.

>> Watch the video here

The professional river surfer was about to begin his last surf when ambulances, fire trucks, police and park rangers — and a water rescue boat — arrived near the River Run drop just upstream from the Monument Avenue bridge.

“Basically, people aren’t educated enough,” said Thomas, 32. “They see somebody in the river and they immediately think they are drowning. They can’t fathom why someone would be out there on a board surfing.”

>> On DaytonDailyNews.com: Tornadoes, record rain pound region, leave ‘pretty tremendous damage’

Thomas, a 2003 Fairmont High School graduate, said he and friend Wright were taking all the proper precautions: using a buddy system, wearing helmets, wetsuits, PDFs and outfitted with leashes that could quickly be released in case of entanglement.

“At no point were me or my buddy in distress,” said Thomas, who tapped his helmet at the arriving emergency responders, an international symbol that one is not in danger.

After exiting the river, Thomas said he had a 20-minute talk with the authorities.

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“They were basically threatening me with inciting or inducing panic,” said Thomas.

Thomas, who is sponsored by Badfish Stand Up Paddle, was not cited because he broke no laws, he said.

The wave created by the unusually high water is on par with one of the best river features in the nation, Thomas said.

“At that level it’s very similar to the Glenwood Springs, Colorado, wave, which is probably one of the most famous waves in the country,” he said.

Tornado cleanup effort underway in Celina

UPDATE @ 12:40 p.m. (Nov 7)

Celina has been able to re-open all but two streets in the city. Schools were back in session Tuesday and ninety percent of the city has had power restored.

Celina Tornado: 911 calls describe moment the tornado first hit

NewsCenter 7’s Sean Cudahy will have more on the tornado cleanup effort starting at 5 p.m. on WHIO. 

EARLIER REPORT 

The tornado that hit about a mile south of Celina on Sunday afternoon, injuring eight people, was an EF-2 that produced top winds of 120 mph and was on the ground for more than 5 miles, National Weather Service investigators confirmed Monday evening. 

>> PHOTOS: Storms, tornado touchdown in Miami Valley

>> National Weather Service confirms 13 tornado touchdowns in Ohio

>> Tornado hit near South Vienna, NWS investigators confirm

According to the statement the weather service released this evening: 

Law enforcement observed a funnel cloud near Main Street and Schunk Road. Just to the northeast of this report is where it appears the tornado first touched down, where multiple tree limbs between Main Street and West Bank Road were knocked down. 

Survey team members said they believe the tornado then skirted Grand Lake St. Marys, producing minor tree and structural damage near Lake Shore Drive at Elmgrove Avenue. 

The tornado then likely moved back over a small portion of Grand Lake St. Marys before knocking down a fence and a few small trees at the back parking lot of Wendy's on East Market Street. A one-story home on Vine Street also had shingles removed from about 10 percent of its roof. 

Further east on East Market Street, the tornado intensified as it destroyed the roof at Lakeshore Auto Sales. Along Lake Street, several large branches were knocked down. Further east, another business had a significant portion of its roof removed and windows at the front of it were broken. 

Onto the 1100 block of East Livingston Street, tree damage was common and the roofs of several of the homes were damaged. A large hardwood tree was knocked onto the second floor of one of those homes, producing significant roof damage. 

To the northeast, an outbuilding associated with a business on Grand Lake Road was destroyed. On the other side of Grand Lake Road, significant debris wrapped around a fence on Montgomery Field. Trees were also uprooted on adjacent May Street. 

The most significant damage occurred at the Crown Equipment Corporation. A significant portion of the roof was removed and exterior walls on the southwest side of the building also collapsed. Damage was also noted on the east-facing side of the building. 

Businesses along Havermann Road were also affected, most notably C-Town Wings. Front windows were blown out there. At the Dollar General, considerable structural damage -- including roof collapse and exterior wall failure -- occurred. The damage to both businesses was consistent with EF-2 tornadic winds. 

Several businesses within a strip mall along Havermann Road also were damage, particularly a sports store where the front doors were blown in and a portion of the roof collapsed. 

Some trees were downed near Howick and Riley roads. 

The end of the tornado appears to have occurred near the 8000 block of Riley Road.

EARLIER REPORT

A severe thunderstorm that slammed into the Miami Valley on Sunday produced two EF-2 tornadoes in as many communities in Mercer County, the National Weather Service confirmed Monday afternoon. 

One touched down in Celina, the other a continuing twister that touched Wabash-St. Anthony and Western Mercer County. 

EF-2 tornadoes produced a maximum winds of 120 mph and a path length of 8 miles, NWS officials said after conducting a storm survey earlier in the day.  

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Hours after the storm, Burville Road, located south of Ohio 29, remained closed, as well as parts of Mud Pike Road in Celina, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said. 

Many farms and turkey barns in the county were destroyed, he said. Area farmers brought out their equipment to help neighbors in need, added. 

Celina Mayor Jeff Hazel said Grand Lake and Havemann roads in Celina also remain shut.

Power is restored to about 90 percent of the city. A total of 40 businesses are without power.

Late Sunday, Hazel declared a State of Emergency for the city.

Two of Sunday’s strongest hit the east end of Celina’s business district. The National Weather Service initially said preliminary reports indicated an EF-1 tornado caused the damage.

>> RELATED: ‘Significant’ damage, injuries, reported from Mercer County tornado

>> RELATED: Power outages remain after Sunday storms

>> RELATED: Mercer County farmers work to rescue nearly 400 cows from destroyed barn

>> RELATED: Celina schools closed Monday following storms, tornado

 

3 tornado touchdowns confirmed in Mercer County

UPDATE @ 1:57 p.m. (Nov. 6):

A third tornado touchdown has been confirmed near Wabash in Mercer County.  The third touchdown was an EF-2 tornado with maximum winds of 120 mph and a path length of 8 miles, according to the National Weather Service.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

UPDATE @ 12:15 p.m. (Nov. 6)

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-2 tornado in Celina Sunday, according to preliminary reports.

UPDATE @ 12 p.m. (Nov. 6)

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-2 tornado near St. Anthony in Mercer County caused devastating damage Sunday afternoon.

EF0...wind speeds 65 to 85 mph. 

EF1...wind speeds 86 to 110 mph. 

EF2...wind speeds 111 to 135 mph. 

EF3...wind speeds 136 to 165 mph. 

EF4...wind speeds 166 to 200 mph. 

EF5...wind speeds greater than 200 mph

More detailed information will be released later today.. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said Burville Road south of Ohio 29 remains closed, as well as parts of Mud Pike Road in Celina.

He said many farms and turkey barns were destroyed. Farmers in the area are bringing out their equipment to help their neighbors in need, Grey said.

Celina Mayor Jeff Hazel said Grand Lake and Havemann roads in Celina also remain shut.

Power is restored to about 90 percent of the city. A total of 40 businesses are without power.

EARLIER REPORT

A storm survey is scheduled for Monday morning and will reveal more details about the severe storms that made their way through Wabash and Celina.

The survey will focus on supercell thunderstorms that moved through the county, according to the weather service.

Late Sunday, Celina Mayor Jeffrey Hazel declared a State of Emergency for the city.

>> PHOTOS: Storms, tornado touchdown in Miami Valley

Of the two suspected tornadoes, the strongest hit the east end of Celina’s business district. The National Weather Service said preliminary reports indicate a EF-1 tornado caused the damage.

Final results from the survey are expected later Monday, with officials saying the study may move east into Western Auglaize County.

>> RELATED: ‘Significant’ damage, injuries, reported from Mercer County tornado

>> RELATED: Power outages remain after Sunday storms

>> RELATED: Mercer County farmers work to rescue nearly 400 cows from destroyed barn

>> RELATED: Celina schools closed Monday following storms, tornado

New earthquake simulations show how the 'big one' could shake the Pacific Northwest

Fifty new simulations of "the big one” show how a magnitude 9.0 earthquake from the Cascadia Subduction Zone could play out.

>> Watch the news report here

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a fault that sits along the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, and two plates colliding could eventually slip, triggering a massive earthquake that could shake the Northwest

More coverage on KIRO7.com:

>> SLIDESHOW: Geologic illustrations explain the Cascadia subduction

>> SLIDESHOW: How the 'big one' could play out

>> How to build a 7-day disaster emergency survival kit on a budget

>> Washington state's largest quake drill ever to test readiness for ‘the big one' 

>> Mexico's strongest earthquake in a century recorded at Mt. Rainier

>> 5 things to help you easily understand 'the big one' 

A University of Washington research project ran simulations using different combinations for three key factors: the epicenter of the earthquake, how far inland the earthquake will rupture and which sections of the fault will generate the strongest shaking.

The results show that the location at which the earthquake starts matters most, and the scenarios can drastically change depending on where the earthquake hits. 

One animation shows a scenario that’s bad for Seattle, in which an earthquake begins off the southern Oregon coast and the fault line breaks north, with seismic waves building up along the way. By contrast, a better scenario for Seattle would actually be an earthquake that begins closer – off the Olympic Peninsula – where the fault line breaks away from the city. 

But make no mistake, the magnitude 9.0 scenarios are bad, and models show the ground shaking for 100 seconds. That’s four times longer than it shook during the 2001 Nisqually quake, which, at magnitude 6.8, did plenty of damage and rattled many nerves.

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"We know a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred in Cascadia in the year 1700, but we didn't have any seismometers or recording instruments at the time," said Erin Wirth, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington.

Wirth said scenarios show the level of shaking could be 10 times different depending on where the earthquake begins and the direction in which the fault line ruptures.

Past models have looked at one or two scenarios, but this is the first study with 50 scenarios. The point is to show the wide range of possibilities of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. The next steps for researchers is to take this information and model the impacts on tsumamis, landslides and tall buildings in Seattle.

They hope that information will help planners and emergency managers prepare for "the big one."

It’s been a month and Puerto Rico still needs your help — where to donate your money, how to volunteer and more

Puerto Ricans are still in need of aid nearly one month after Hurricane Maria’s devastation.

» RELATED: What it’s like in Puerto Rico, a month after Hurricane Maria hit

The official death toll on the U.S. island territory has increased to 48, but more than 100 people are still missing, officials said.

According to CNN, as of Wednesday, about 1 million people are still without running water and 3 million people are without power.

Only 45 of 70 hospitals are currently operating with electricity, and according to FEMA officials, there is a severe food shortage.

President Donald Trump met local and federal officials in Puerto Rico on Oct. 3 and praised his administration’s response to the storm.

» RELATED: Twitter users, politicians blast Trump's comments, behavior in Puerto Rico as ‘inappropriate’

"I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack," Trump said. "But that's fine.”

His remarks came amid harsh criticism that the administration’s response to the disaster was slow or insufficient.

Trump is set to meet with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello Thursday to discuss rebuilding efforts, White House officials said.

» RELATED: Trying to reach your loved ones in Puerto Rico? Who to call, email

The once-Category 5 storm hit the U.S. Virgin Islands in mid-September and eventually downgraded to a Category 4, but not before it plowed through Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, flooded the streets, collapsed homes and left the entire territory without power.

According to the New York Times, the 155-mph winds also left 80 percent of the United States commonwealth’s crop value completely destroyed.

» RELATED: Hurricane Maria: Live updates

Families desperately trying to connect with their loved ones have also had trouble reaching them, as few of the island’s 1,600 cellphone towers were operational.

“What's out there is total devastation. Total annihilation. People literally gasping for air. I personally have taken people out and put them in ambulances because their generator has run out,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz told ABC News.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the dangerous hurricane downgraded to a tropical storm and slowly moved away from the U.S. east coast after causing some storm surge flooding.

» RELATED: Trump promises visit, aid to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico

How you can help the victims of Hurricane Maria

Make monetary donations to charities or crowdfunding campaigns

According to the United States Agency for International Development, giving money to reputable relief agencies and nonprofits is the most effective way to help and to avoid using resources to transport or deliver donated goods.

Listed below are several charity organizations or crowdfunding campaigns to choose from. You can also use Charity Navigator to learn more about the organizations before donating.

Note that sending money via text message may seem convenient, but according to the Associated Press, that’s not the case. Charities often have to wait on phone companies to release the money.

Here are some organizations to consider giving money to:

United for Puerto Rico (direct aid and support for Puerto Rico spearheaded by the First Lady of Puerto Rico)

Hispanic Federation (text Unidos and an amount to 4-144 or visit the website)

Americares (emergency and medical supplies)

UNICEF (emergency relief and help for children affected)

Save the Children (emergency relief and help for children affected)

ConPRmetidos (Puerto Rico-based nonprofit to benefit “immediate needs of food, shelter, water” and more)

GlobalGiving Caribbean Hurricane Maria & Irma Relief Fund (from US-based nonprofit Global Giving)

SPCA International (help for animal rescue and care)

Habitat for Humanity (housing and shelter needs)

All Hands (specific for U.S. Virgin Islands)

Salvation Army (supplies and shelter needs)

» RELATED: How you can help Mexico and people affected by the Mexico earthquake

Other crowdfunding campaigns:

- GoFundMe’s Hurricane Maria relief homepage (a landing page with several crowdfunding efforts)

21 US Virgin Island Relief Fund (NBA star Tim Duncan hoping to raise $5 million for his home country)

Dominica Hurricane Maria Relief Fund (bringing relief to Dominica)

Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Hurricane Relief Fund (to help families and countries rebuild after hurricanes)

» RELATED: Hurricane Maria set Puerto Rico back decades, official says

Make monetary donations via Google search

If you do a Google search for “Hurricane Maria,” you’ll be able to donate money directly in the search results. Scroll down to donate $5, $25 or $50 to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

Check if your employer will match your donation

Doublethedonation.com has a nifty tool that lets you enter your company name to find out whether or not your employer offers a matching gift program for donations.

Donate blood

The American Red Cross urges generous volunteer blood donors to give blood year-round, not only at the time of disaster. Currently, a need for platelet and type O blood donations are especially needed, according to the organization website.

Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to begin the donation process.

» RELATED: Disaster declared in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastates island

Donate useful goods

Monetary donations are preferred, but this nationwide Google spreadsheet also has donation drop-off locations for essential items.

» RELATED: Puerto Rico mayor Cruz begs for solar-powered supplies on CNN; slams acting Homeland Security head

According to the spreadsheet, there’s not a great need for clothing, and transporting water and food may waste resources.

Instead, think about long-term supplies someone may need without electricity or food, such as asthma pumps, bug repellent, eye drops water purification products.

Other high-ticket items include solar powered USB chargers, lanterns, radios, batteries, baby items and duct tape.

Some locations on the Google spreadsheet only collected items through the end of September, but others are collecting them on an ongoing basis. 

Please check the spreadsheet for updated times and locations and give the site manager a call before dropping off supplies.

Volunteer

The American Red Cross is looking is dispatching volunteers to aid areas affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

Local residents should use this form.

All non-local residents interested in volunteering should use this separate form.

More information about volunteer expectations and requirements at redcross.org.

You can also volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

» RELATED: Trump: “Big decisions” must be made about rebuilding Puerto Rico

The organization is assessing housing and shelter needs in impacted areas and is evaluating the support it receives from donors, volunteers and other partners before making any long-term decisions.

“We ask that your enthusiasm and interest stay long after the first few weeks as volunteers will be critically needed throughout the recovery and rebuilding phase, which may last months or even years,” the organization posted on its website.

Sign up for the Habitat for Humanity volunteer registry here.

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) is allowing volunteers to register to help, but notes that Puerto Rico is asking for volunteers not to deploy to the communities affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Several VOAD volunteer opportunities from casework, cleanup and more are posted here.

Spread awareness on social media

Sometimes, word of mouth (or text) is all it takes. Take part in the relief campaign by retweeting news and alerts about shelters, donations and more from official accounts such as @PRFAA@FEMARegion2@ricardorossello@Univision PR@USNationalGuard and several news organizations.

Be sure to share your donation links, let people know how to donate and continue to spread awareness with hashtags (#PuertoRico, #MariaPR, #PrayForPuertoRico, #UnidosPorPR, #UnitedForPR are some examples).

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