GRAMBLING, La. - Hurricane Maria is tearing through the Carribean Islands. The presence of the storm felt right here at Grambling State University.
Fernanda Azouz, a counselor of international affairs, has her hands full trying to help students who's families have been impacted in Dominica.
"Enrolled in Grambling right now we have 69 Dominicans," Azouz said.
She says Maria caught most Dominicans and their families off guard.
"By the time it got to Dominica we were expecting it to be like category two and three, but then it just like went from zero to 100 real quick," she said.
Maria did go from a tropical storm to a category five hurricane in just over 24 hours.
Now while everyone else at GSU is focused on classes it's all they can think about.
They couldn't even go to class this morning because it was just rough.
A storm that's even knocked her off balance.
She is also a native of Dominica. Her sister and brother still on the island.
"[She] lost everything spoke to her last night about 10:30 our time," she said.
She says her sister Adina watched her roof get blown completely off.
"I know she's a trooper in fact I think she's stronger than me but the way I heard her last night I know she was like terrified
However, when we asked how her sister is now, she had no answer.
"I haven't spoken to her from since after that time," she said.
Meanwhile, she's doing what she can to help her family and others recover from Maria's wrath.
"We're really trying to kind of get stuff together raise funds and get supplies,"
She's hoping first that phone rings and she can hear the relief of her sister's voice.
For more information on how to give to relief efforts, contact Azouz at (318) 533-2888.
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