US Chainsaw-wielding nun clears debris from Irma

17:20  13 september  2017
17:20  13 september  2017 Source:   CNN

Puerto Rico declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma

  Puerto Rico declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló on Monday declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard in preparation for the landfall of Irma, a dangerous Category 3 hurricane. "Despite the economic challenges Puerto Rico is facing, the approved budget has $15 million for the emergency fund," Rosselló said in a statement.Irma, which is forecast to strengthen on Tuesday night, is set hit the U.S. territory on Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Chainsaw - wielding nun clears debris from Irma in Florida. Posted 9:13 pm, September 12, 2017, by CNN Wire. An off-duty police officer captured video of the chainsaw - wielding nun , sharing the footage on the department’s Twitter feed on Tuesday.

Chainsaw - wielding nun clears debris from Irma . Posted 7:18 am, September 13, 2017, by CNN Wire Service. An off-duty police officer captured video of the chainsaw - wielding nun , sharing the footage on the department’s Twitter feed on Tuesday.

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Across the state of Florida, and up into Georgia and South Carolina, images of first responders have become a welcome sight amid the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

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Chainsaw - wielding nun clears debris from Irma . Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by CNN in National News. Across the state of Florida, and up into Georgia and South Carolina, images of first responders have become a welcome sight amid the aftermath of Hurricane Irma .

Chainsaw - wielding nun clears debris from Irma . Posted 6:20 am, September 13, 2017, by CNN Wire. An off-duty police officer captured video of the chainsaw - wielding nun , sharing the footage on the department's Twitter feed on Tuesday.

But among the usual uniforms -- those of police, firefighters and paramedics -- a nun's habit stands out.

And when said nun is wielding a chainsaw, well, that is something that can renew faith in even the most downtrodden.

"There was a need, I had the means, so I wanted to help out," Sister Margaret Ann told Erin Burnett on Tuesday evening.

A 30-year education veteran from Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in West Kendall, Florida, Sister Margaret Ann knew of a chainsaw in her school's closet, so she thought nothing of ripping into a downed tree blocking a road.

"We teach our students: Do what you can to help other people, don't think of yourselves," she said during a live interview on CNN's "OutFront." "That's what I wanted to do."

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Across the state of Florida, and up into Georgia and South Carolina, images of first responders have become a welcome sight amid the aftermath of Hurricane Irma . An off-duty police officer captured video of the chainsaw - wielding nun , sharing the footage on the department's Twitter feed on Tuesday.

Chainsaw - wielding nun clears debris from Irma . Posted 11:05 PM, September 12, 2017, by CNN Wire, Updated at 11:11PM, September 12, 2017.

An off-duty police officer captured video of the chainsaw-wielding nun, sharing the footage on the department's Twitter feed on Tuesday.

"He said, 'You know though, Sister, the police will do this.' And I said 'but it's going to take them too long ... it's dangerous, people are going to get hurt here.' "

Tuesday's guest said she does not know when her school will reopen, as the air conditioner was damaged during the hurricane. Additionally, downed trees cover six of the school's 40 acres, and a wall has been blown in.

In the meantime, Sister Margaret Ann, and those like her, will continue to do the Lord's work.

"The community will come out and help us. That's what we do," she said. "It's good."

Tim Duncan shares update on what he saw in Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma .
"They’re all going to need a lot of help to recover."Duncan grew up there and said that he remembered living through Hurricane Hugo in 1989, and that he knows how easy it is to forget about the people there. So far, his donation page has gone up to more than $2.5 million as of Wednesday evening, and that includes his $1 million match.

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