Connecticut families with ties to Puerto Rico worry as Hurricane Maria churns toward the island

Magda Berdecia said she talked to her family last night, but now she can't get through to them. (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)
pr Connecticut families with ties to Puerto Rico worry as Hurricane Maria churns toward the island
Pedro Caraballo said he has been unable to contact his family in Puerto Rico. (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Magda Berdecia said she talked to her family last night, but now she can’t get through to them.

Berdecia stated, “I worry because my son my mom and my daughter live in Puerto Rico now and they don’t have how do you say electric, no water, nothing. I’m scared. I’m nervous. I want to see my mom. I want to see my son is alone in the house in the mountain.”

She said her family’s home is no match for Hurricane Maria. Berdecia said, “The house is danger because it is wood. I’m scared.”

Rebeca Soto is in Connecticut on vacation, now she doesn’t know when she’ll be able to get back home. Soto said, “I’m worried about it. Because if I go back next week we find a plane or tickets to go back we aren’t going to have no light, no water.” She said her family is still reeling from Hurricane Irma.

Soto added, “People are still suffering from Irma already because I have a family in the mountains they don’t have no light yet.”

Pedro Caraballo said he’s concerned about his family’s safety. He hasn’t talked to his mother and children in days. Caraballo added, “No telephone in Puerto Rico. We don’t have electricity.”

Many people in New Haven are keeping an eye on the island where they were born. Norma Rodriguez-Reyes told News 8, “It’s scary what’s happening in Puerto Rico. It’s scary what’s happening everywhere but obviously we are more concerned because Puerto Rico happens to be part of us.”

Caraballo said, “Hurricane Maria is very strong in my island. I am very anxious for my house.” Berdecia added, “I’m cry. I don’t sleeping. I don’t eating. Nothing.”

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