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Quebec woman waiting for news of her parents trapped in Bahamas during hurricane

Last Updated Sep 3, 2019 at 10:51 am PST

Sharyn Laughlin and Denis Dudley, an Ottawa couple who were trapped in the Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian struck, are shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Kristin Dudley MANDATORY CREDIT
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Quebec woman desperately waiting for news of her parents, who were trapped in the Bahamas when Hurricane Dorian hit

Kristin Dudley last spoke to her parents on Sunday as they and two friends were taking refuge in a home

With phone lines down across the island and road access still blocked, Dudley says she has no choice but to be patient

MONTREAL — A Montreal-area woman says she’s desperately waiting for news of her parents, who were trapped in the northern Bahamas when Hurricane Dorian battered the region as a massive Category 5 storm.

Kristin Dudley last spoke to her parents, Sharyn Laughlin and Denis Dudley, on Sunday afternoon as they and two of their friends were taking refuge in the attic of a house on Great Abaco Island in the northern Bahamas.

Dudley says water had already burst through the main floor of the house and she’s unsure whether the two Ottawa-area couples had enough supplies and medication.

The storm caused widespread devastation across the northern Bahamas on Sunday and Monday, as sustained winds of  295 kilometres per hour ripped off roofs, bowled over cars and sent floodwaters rushing into people’s homes.

With phone lines down across the island and road access still blocked, Dudley says she has no choice but to be patient as she waits for news.

In the meantime, she and her family are staying in touch with officials and aid groups and have started a GoFundMe page to help with disaster relief in the area that her family considers a second home.

— With a file from The Associated Press