As Puerto Ricans emerged from their shelters to an island ravaged by Hurricane Maria, family members and friends in Connecticut waited anxiously to hear about the storm’s impact on the territory’s 3.4 million people — almost the same size as the state of Connecticut.
State Rep. Minnie Gonzalez, D-Hartford, whose three sisters and brother live on the island, has been unable to sleep since the storm hit. Repeated attempts to reach her siblings were unsuccessful.
“There’s no communication,” Gonzalez said. “We’re desperate. It’s terrible not knowing what happened. Are they OK? We don’t know.”
The Category 4 storm’s 155 mph winds took out Puerto Rico’s fragile electrical...