Local couple welcomes baby after evacuating St. Croix before Hurricane Maria hit

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- A San Diego couple who evacuated from St. Croix just one day before Hurricane Maria made landfall welcomed a healthy baby boy.

Less than three weeks after leaving the Caribbean, Rylan Creer was born at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center.

"We had to protect the baby," mother Nadine Creer said.

"I call him our precious cargo because he was our main concern," father Ryan Creer said. "I printed out directions on how to deliver my own baby, how to cut the umbilical cord, how to take out the placenta because if anything happens and if the storm came and she went into labor, I would be the one to have to do this."

Rylan is the couple's first child.