FEMA will relocate about 3,000 Puerto Ricans still living in emergency shelters after Hurricane Maria to the U.S. mainland, likely New York and Florida, the agency said Wednesday.

  • FEMA relocating 3,000 Puerto Ricans to mainland
  • Agency working with Florida, New York to accept islanders
  • Thousands of Puerto Ricans still homeless after Maria

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the help in relocating the territory's U.S. citizens.

"FEMA is working to establish... agreements with both Florida and New York to accept those identified survivors," the agency said in a released statement.

Thousands of Puerto Ricans are still homeless since the hurricane ravaged the island Sept. 20. More than 140,000 Puerto Ricans have left the U.S. territory, much of which is still without power and clean water.

The Associated Press reported that some experts say more than 300,000 more Puerto Ricans could leave the island in the next few years.