News

Bridgeport Puerto Ricans watch Hurricane Maria closely

Posted: Updated:
BRIDGEPORT -

Hurricane Maria is on her way to Puerto Rico shortly after Hurricane Irma battered the island, and Bridgeport's Puerto Rican community is closely following the situation.

Councilwoman Lydia Martinez was born there and moved to the United States when she was 13 years old, but she still has a lot of relatives in her native country, she says. So she's very concerned about what meteorologists call a potentially catastrophic storm.

She says her relatives have boarded up their home and stocked up on canned foods. The family also bought a generator -- because they lost power for three days after Irma.

She says loved ones are emotionally exhausted to be going through this again so soon, and the island has barely recovered.

"She said she went to buy water, and she was able to buy only two packs...because it was all gone," Martinez says.

And the president of Fairfield County's Puerto Rican Parade says her husband got stranded on the island during a visit to his sister. When he saw weather reports and tried to fly home, she says he found all flights had been canceled.

  • Connecticut SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • 70th Emmy Awards

    70th Emmy Awards

    The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
    The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

    The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

    The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Florence ravages communities in the Carolinas

    Florence ravages communities in the Carolinas

    Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina early Friday, pushing a life-threatening storm surge of floodwater miles inland and ripping apart buildings with screaming wind and pelting rain.

    Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina early Friday, pushing a life-threatening storm surge of floodwater miles inland and ripping apart buildings with screaming wind and pelting rain.

  • Guide: Connecticut Breweries

    Guide: Connecticut Breweries

    Connecticut BreweriesConnecticut Breweries

    Looking to check out brewery this summer? There are many breweries across the state for beer-lovers to visit.

    Looking to check out brewery this summer? There are many breweries across the state for beer-lovers to visit.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."