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Bridgeport Puerto Ricans watch Hurricane Maria closely

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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.

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