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Their daughter faced Maria in Puerto Rico. They haven’t heard from her since

Moria Nickerson, of Chatham, and Ben Elliott, a New Hampshire native, now live together on Vieques, a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico.
Moria Nickerson, of Chatham, and Ben Elliott, a New Hampshire native, now live together on Vieques, a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico. –Valerie Mowbray

For Valerie Mowbray and her daughter, Moria Nickerson, the Puerto Rican island of Vieques was an escape from New England winters, a slice of paradise where they found a welcoming community.

Now Hurricane Maria has laid waste to Vieques. And Mowbray has been waiting by the phone in New Hampshire to hear from Nickerson, who remained on the island as the hurricane bore down on it.

“We heard from her late Tuesday night, and the worst of the hurricane hit Wednesday morning,’’ Mowbray said Monday.

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