• Locals concerned for family in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

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    September 22, 2017
    Source LOCAL 12

    CINCINNATI (WKRC) - People in the Tri-State with loved ones in Puerto Rico are patiently waiting for updates after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

    Jeffrey Ramirez moved to the mainland from Puerto Rico in 2009. He and his husband, who is also from Puerto Rico, live in Clifton. Most of his family are still on the island and he hasn't heard from them since the storm.

    "Irma wasn't a big deal, at least (in) the part where my family is. They didn't have an issue. I communicated fine with them. Now, with Maria, I haven't talked with my brothers since last night," says Ramirez.

    One of his brothers was hunkering down at their mother's home on the northern part of the island and the other one was at a hospital where he's a surgical intern.
    "From what I heard, probably there's no electricity or internet in the hospital, so there's no way to communicate."

    Ramirez says people in Puerto Rico are accustomed to hurricanes, but he's never seen a storm like this. "The touristic areas are destroyed which is really bad because Puerto Rico--that was only one of the few industries that we were having," says Ramirez.

    Like so many, Ramirez is checks his phone constantly hoping to hear that his family is safe.