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Caribbean hurricane evacuees arrive at Port Everglades on cruise ship

Posted at 12:49 PM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 13:05:49-04

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--Thousands of evacuees of hurricane-battered Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Croix arrived in Fort Lauderdale Tuesday aboard Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas cruise ship.

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The ship arrived at Port Everglades at maximum capacity of about 3,800 passengers after delivering relief supplies and picking up the evacuees in the Caribbean following hurricanes Maria and Irma.

The ship, which normally sails out of San Juan, carried 1,791 evacuees from Puerto Rico, 864 from St. Croix and St. John, and 681 from St. Thomas.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has opened three disaster relief centers Tuesday to assist displaced families, at Miami International Airport, Port Miami, and Orlando International Airport.

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