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Back-to-back hurricanes leave WNY Puerto Ricans on edge

Posted at 6:26 PM, Sep 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-20 18:26:17-04

"Hallowed be Thy Name, come forgive our sins," Maria Vasquez, a Puerto Rican woman living in Buffalo, prayed.

She and Coraida Arroyo say it is all they can do for their family and friends on the island as Hurricane Maria takes a direct hit. 

"I feel crazy. I don't know what I'm going to do because I want to hear something from my family," Arroyo said.

The Puerto Rico Office of Emergency Management Agency says Hurricane Maria has knocked out power to the entire island, leaving Vasquez and Arroyo unable to contact their loved ones, so they rely on the news to keep them updated on the storm. 

Vasquez and Arroyo say the Puerto Rican community in Western New York is coming together to lean on each other for support. 

When things like this happen, we get together even faster," Vasquez said.

We are together, we are here right now, but we are with them over there," Coriada said.