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Real life. Real time. Social Media has transformed the way we view natural disasters. From periscope to YouTube and now Facebook Live, it’s pretty tough to scroll past the devastation.

Judith Tecillo’s family is in Puerto Rico. Her phone was the first thing she grabbed this morning.

“All they’ve been doing is putting up postings and hoping that they can read it because we can’t get anyone to answer the phones.” said Judith Tecillo

Inside the Caribe bake shop on Cleveland’s Westside customers have their eyes glued to the TV and their phones, checking updates on Hurricane Maria’s destruction. One family was brought to tears after trying and failing to contact loved ones.

A number of Facebook live videos show Hurricane Maria pummeling Puerto Rico, ripping trees out of the ground and hammering the island with hurricane-force winds and driving rain.

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LOCAL NEWS: Social Media Is Keeping Families Connected During Disasters  was originally published on praisecleveland.com

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