Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says his Caribbean island nation has suffered “widespread devastation” after Hurricane Maria. He said so far the country has lost all what money can buy and replace.
Maria made landfall on Dominica as a Category Five storm in the early hours of today with top winds top winds swirling at two hundred and fifty-seven kilometers per hour, according to the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC).
It was later downgraded to a Category Four storm later, but remained an extremely dangerous hurricane. Prime Minister Skerrit, who had to be rescued after winds tore off the roof to his official residence, said he feared serious injuries and even deaths on the island, home to about 72,000 people.
Maria is the fourth major Atlantic hurricane of the year and the NHC say it is following a similar path as that of Irma, a mega storm that broke weather records and killed dozens of people in the Caribbean and the US state of Florida.