Island of Dominica Takes Devastating Direct Hit From Category 5 Hurricane Maria
On Monday night, Hurricane Maria struck land on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean islands, with winds over 160 miles per hour as a Category 5 storm.
It grew at what might be the fastest hurricane strengthening speed on record, from a Category 1 to Category 5 in about 20 hours.
The hurricane “shredded the Dominica Prime Minister’s house,” and left the population of 73,000 with everything in ruin, according to CNN.
Initial reports are of widespread devastation,” Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit reported.
So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. My greatest fear for the morning is … news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains,” he continued.
The Prime Minister posted on Facebook: “My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding.”
Hurricane Maria crushed Guadeloupe:
As of 8 am Eastern Time on Tuesday, Maria is here: 85 miles west of Guadeloupe, and this is its projected path.