Seven registered nurses, two nurse practitioners, and one licensed practical nurse received a briefing on their task at the airport around 4:30 Tuesday morning before taking off. They will be joined by one physician from URMC. The 11 providers will spend the next two weeks on the hurricane-ravaged island helping nurses and doctors

Several medical professionals from URMC left the Greater Rochester International Airport Tuesday morning, on their way to Puerto Rico.

Seven registered nurses, two nurse practitioners, and one licensed practical nurse received a briefing on their task at the airport around 4:30 Tuesday morning before taking off. They will be joined by one physician from URMC. The 11 providers will spend the next two weeks on the hurricane-ravaged island helping nurses and doctors.

"I think there's a lot of unknowns right now," said Wendy Allen-Thompson, one of the team members. "Strong (Memorial Hospital) has prepared us for a lot of unknowns. We have all got our immunizations and we've been educated on all of the risks that we might have with the health and the food and the drinking."

Statewide, there are nearly 80 medical professionals from across New York State on their way down to Puerto Rico this week. They'll all be assisting in the Hurricane Maria relief effort.

Taina Ramos is one of them. She is an off-site LPN with Highland Hospital. This trip is personal to her. She has been visiting Puerto Rico since she was little. She said her uncle just left the island, after spending about two-and-a-half days sitting in an airport.

"There's a part of me that is really excited and happy," said Ramos. "And then there's another part of me that's really nervous about the emotional part that I'm going to feel when I go down there since it's home."