Hurricane Maria heading towards Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands

The US National Hurricane Center have said they are “very concerned about a life threatening storm surge,” that is currently heading towards the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Mudslides, storm surges and flash floods are expected within the next day. Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million citizens have been warned to seek immediate shelter from the storm. The hurricane has just swept through Guadeloupe, where authorities have warned residents to stay indoors.

Hurricane Maria has continued to devastate the Caribbean, tearing through the tiny island of Dominica overnight causing “potentially catastrophic damage,” according to forecasters.

The storm jumped from Category 3 to Category 5 in just a number of hours, taking citizens and experts by surprise.

Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, posted his own experience as it happened.

He wrote, “The winds are merciless! We shall survive by the grace of God!”

One hour later, he added, “My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding.”

The Prime Minister was rescued from the roof of his home shortly afterwards, and released the following statement on his Facebook account this morning:

“Initial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all of what money can buy and replace. 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.”

Dominica is currently the worst affected territory but the US National Hurricane Center, who are monitoring the storms progression, have said this may soon change.

Skerrit added, “I am honestly not preoccupied with physical damage at this time, because it is devastating … My focus now is in rescuing the trapped and securing medical assistance for the injured.”

A number of the islands in Maria’s path are still recovering from the devastating affects of Hurricane Irma last month, with winds of up to 160mph expected in the coming days.

Live Updates of Hurricane Maria

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