Locals with ties to Puerto Rico worry about family

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane season is heating up, putting Puerto Rico in a state of emergency After Hurricane Fiona makes landfall.

Fiona blew away the Turks and Caicos Islands as a Category 3 storm on Tuesday after devastating Puerto Rico, where most people have no electricity or running water.

Many locals here in the Valley have ties to the island. Campbell’s Papas His bakery owner, Jeremy Morales, has grandparents and uncles in San He Sebastian, San He Fan, and Aguadilla, who are struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria five years ago.

“Much of the island was never able to get power back because it was still affected by Hurricane Maria. Now, this only prolongs the problem,” Morales said.

A devastating flood destroyed nearly everything in its path.

“My grandmother’s crops and fences were washed away in the flood,” Morales said.

Leana Soto has lived in Ohio for eight years with her husband and children. The rest of her family is in Puerto Rico.

“My uncle lost the roof of his house. They had no light. I don’t think they had water, but they are all fine, healthy and alive,” she said.

Communication with family members is limited due to lack of signal and WiFi, so any sign that they are safe is significant.

OCCHA’s Angelica Diaz said her husband’s family is from Salinas, one of the hardest-hit areas on the island.

“Puerto Rico has been through a lot. Right now, many people are suffering and many families are going through a difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with those families,” Diaz said. Told. Locals with ties to Puerto Rico worry about family

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