Natives of Puerto Rico living in our area are praying and hoping for word that their loved ones are okay in the aftermath Hurricane Maria. Rochester resident Heather Sepulveda's mother and father, and most of her mother's family, are still living in Puerto Rico.

Natives of Puerto Rico living in our area are praying and hoping for word that their loved ones are okay in the aftermath Hurricane Maria.

Rochester resident Heather Sepulveda's mother and father, and most of her mother's family, are still living in Puerto Rico. She received a text from her mother around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, but has not been able to get through to her since.

"I wish I was there," she says. "I wish I could have helped them prepare and I wish I was there now to be with them, even though it's a silly thing to think. ‘Oh I want to be in the path of this massive storm,' but knowing that they're okay would be way better than being here in safety and not knowing anything."

Sepulveda came to Rochester to work at the Harris Corporation. She lived through Hurricane George in 1998.

She thinks her parents will be okay, but she worries about her aunts, uncles and cousins who don't have the means to rebuild.