Quinnipiac University students wait to hear from family in Puerto Rico

Quinnipiac University students Shelma Morales and Mia Martinez have been trying to contact their families in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Quinnipiac University students Shelma Morales and Mia Martinez haven’t heard from their relatives since Hurricane Maria hit the island.

Morales said, “I tried to speak to my grandmother last night, and I spoke to her for about 15 minutes, and then the signals went off and I couldn’t contact her anytime after that.”

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Martinez added, “After about three o’clock in the morning all communication cut off.”

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Quinnipiac University students Shelma Morales and Mia Martinez have been trying to contact their families in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

Morales moved from Puerto Rico to Connecticut nine years ago. She is very close with her family, who still lives there. Morales said, “My grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, my whole family is there.”

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Martinez is also worried about her family. She says they got hit by Hurricane Irma, and didn’t have a chance to recover from that storm. She was keeping in touch with her family on Facebook until the internet when down. Martinez added, “Half of my family is in the southeast part of it, and that is just hilly mountains all over, so they are there and the other part of my family is actually in a valley.”

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The students have been watching the hurricane coverage closely. Martinez said, “Just kind of keeping up as much as we can. the satellites are down so there’s no way to really communicate at this moment. but just keeping it on the news live streaming of the storm the entire time.” Morales added, “My hometown has been hit very hard. there’s been flooding everywhere. ”

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They said it has been difficult to concentrate on school work. Martinez said, “I’m trying to keep my composure. There’s a lot of studying and a lot of work to do here so my mind is in two places but i’m getting it done.” Morales added, “All you can do is wait for a phone call or a text or a Facebook update. there is really not much else you can do.”

 

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