Two weeks after Irma, Kentuckian in Puerto Rico now preparing for Maria

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PUERTO RICO (WKYT) - Just two weeks ago, Lexington native Joey Mitchell rode out the storm as Hurricane Irma skirted Puerto Rico.

"The eye passed 32 miles off the coast, and so we just had to deal with the winds and a lot of tree damage, power lines down. I think the electricity is still out for about nine percent of the community," Mitchell described.

Now, Mitchell and others around him are preparing for another storm. The National Hurricane Center expects Hurricane Maria to become a category 4 hurricane with winds of 131 to 155 miles per hour. The storm is projected to make a direct hit on Puerto Rico later this week.

Mitchell says that while he and his neighbors are preparing for Hurricane Maria, the community is strong and they are staying optimistic.

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