Published On: Tue, Sep 19th, 2017

Update: Hurricane Maria ‘devastates’ Dominica

Boats remain anchored in a wharf as Hurricane Maria approaches in Guadeloupe islandROSEAU - Dominica has suffered "widespread damage" from Hurricane Maria, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says.

"We have lost all that money can buy," he said in a Facebook post.

The hurricane suddenly strengthened to a "potentially catastrophic" category five storm, before making landfall on the Caribbean island.

Earlier Mr Skerrit had posted live updates as his own roof was torn off, saying he was "at the complete mercy of the hurricane".

"My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains," he wrote after being rescued.

Maria is moving roughly along the same track as Irma, the hurricane that devastated the region earlier this month.

It has maximum sustained winds of 250km/h (155mph), and was downgraded to a category four after hitting Dominica, before picking up full strength again.

Life-threatening mudslides, flash floods and storm surges have been predicted by the US National Hurricane Center, which monitors the region.

 

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