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3News’ Lydia Esparra shares her family’s experience in the middle of Hurricane Fiona

Puerto Rican’s were dealt another blow 5 years to the date after Hurricane Maria.

CLEVELAND — Like so many people across the country, I have been receiving video from relatives in Puerto Rico. 

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In the videos, people telling stories of their towns completely under water. Bodies of water where civilization was a few days ago. 

My Aunt Carmen Rodriguez lives nearby in Quebrada. Carmen says Fiona’s forecast has always been more rain. 

“It’s been raining since two weeks ago. We do we expect more than that because it’s still raining.”

The devastating results are washed out roads, cars under water and vital bridges destroyed. So far Fiona in Quebrada has dropped 10 inches of rain.

Meanwhile here in Cleveland, Lisa Roman is dining at Cleveland Mofongo and is watching the Isla de Encanto very carefully. Ponce the oldest city on the island took a direct hit.  

Roman told 3News, “My family is without power they are in Ponce. Totally without power. We are actually going to start having meetings about how to get resources ready so it doesn’t delay anything for them.”

Residents on the island say Hurricane Maria was much worse than Fiona’s fury.  Both hurricanes hit in September, Maria five years ago.  The resilience’s of Puerto Ricans is strong.   And because hurricanes are common in the Caribbean, Carmen says there are always lessons to be learned.

“By the time we had Maria now we have more preparations power from the generators before we didn’t have any.”

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