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Dominica slammed by hurricane

Hurricane Maria slammed into the island nation of Dominca on Monday, causing massive damage to infrastructure with 260 km per hour sustained winds. 

Via The AJ Wire

The hurricane is moving along a route similar to the one traversed by Irma earlier in September.

Dominca’s long-serving Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said there has been “widespread damage”, explaining that “so far, we have lost all what money can buy and replace”.

Mr Skerrit himself lost the roof of his house, according to a Facebook post. Skerrit added his house had been flooded and he had to be rescued.

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No casualties have been reported from the island at this time.

The nearby French island of Martinique is on a maximum alert, and Guadeloupe went as far as to order evacuations.

Puerto Rico, which escaped the majority of Irma, is prepared for Maria to strike land as a category three on Tuesday. The United States-administered island has been crucial for Irma relief.

The US and British Virgin islands were both struck by Irma, and are expected to be struck by Maria. President Donald Trump has ordered a state of emergency for the US territories.

St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Montserrat, St Martin, Saba, St Eustatius and Anguilla have also established hurricane warnings for their citizens.

The island nation of Barbuda was recently trampled by Maria, turning the island from apparent paradise to wreckage.


More details to follow. Top image from CNN news agency. /The AJ Wire

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