Families try to make contact with loved ones impacted by Maria

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Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico Wednesday morning with violent winds and pouring rain. The storm has since weakened but is expected to strengthen again as it moves back over water.

This is the first major hurricane to make a direct hit on the island since 1932.

Local families are desperately trying to make contact with their loved ones impacted by Maria.

Dayanara Rodriguez Alicea says she had been calling her aunt who lives in Puerto Rico, non-stop. She said things did not sound good.

“The whole roof went off and one wall and they all had to go down stairs because it was all cement,” Alicea said.

Her aunt sent her videos of wood and debris flying everywhere. Roads are now like rivers, nearly consuming the cars.

“She was like, ‘We’re scared, we can’t sleep,” and I was like please stay away from the windows and doors because any wind, even though you have wood, can open. I said just try to stay safe,” Alicea said. 

That call was happened Wednesday morning — the last time they were able to communicate.

“It’s really frustrating because I have gone through hurricanes in Puerto Rico, but with one hurricane behind the other is like so overwhelming we can’t do nothing, can’t communicate with them,” Alicea said.

Chief of the Brockport Fire Department Mike LaDue is also feeling anxious.

His son Jeremy is in the Coast Guard and was deployed to Puerto Rico in August, right before the hurricanes hit.

“They have been helping with rescues and mostly law enforcement stuff right now, but I don’t know what’s going on right now because this is kind of a bigger one than the first one that went through,” LaDue said.

He said the last thing he heard from Jeremy was that Hurricane Maria just hit. That was at 3 a.m. Wednesday.

“I’m waiting to hear from him,” LaDue said. “Everything… All communications down are right now. I mean they got trashed.”

Alicea and LaDue say they are waiting for that one phone call from their loved ones to let them know that they are okay.

But with the power out all over the island, they fear they will be waiting for some time.

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