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Loved ones waiting to hear from family in Puerto Rico

After trying all day, Eladio Hernandez finally hears from his aunt in Puerto Rico. (WJAR)

After trying all day, Eladio Hernandez finally hears from his aunt in Puerto Rico.

“Where's grandma?,” Eladio asks over the phone.

There was some damage to the family home, but it could have been worse.

“Oh. That's a relief,” he says to his aunt.

A weight of worry lifted for Eladio, who lives in Pawtucket.

“Oh my god, yes. A big relief,” he told NBC 10 News just after the phone call. “You worry a lot, especially when they're so far away and when you can't communicate with them.”

Cynthia Velez of Providence and her family can't reach an uncle in Puerto Rico.

“It goes not even to voicemail. It just hangs up. So, we're very worried on that," she said.

Velez said her husband's family lost their house in Puerto Rico. She heard a dramatic story about a friend's sister.

“The wind ended up picking her up and taking her away and they found her three hours later clinging for her life on a tree,” Velez told NBC 10.

Carmen Bucholz, who moved to Providence from Puerto Rico 50 years ago, has not yet been able to contact her loved ones there.

“All my family is there. Not to get in touch with them is very hard," Bucholz said.

Leaders of the local Puerto Rican community said they will hold fundraisers during the weekend in Providence to collect donations for the Red Cross. One event is being held at Mi Sueno Disco at 1070 Broad St. Saturday. The other is Sunday at a candy store at 376 Elmwood Ave.

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