Puerto Rico And US Virgin Islands Hit By Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico And US Virgin Islands Hit By Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico And US Virgin Islands Hit By Hurricane Maria

Maria's fierce core was centred about 45 kilometres north-northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and is moving to the northwest.

"This is going to be a disaster", Jean Robert Auguste, who owns two French restaurants and sought shelter at a San Juan hotel, told the Associated Press. Then Hurricane Maria was suddenly hurtling toward them. Although the eye should move off the coast later this morning, hurricane-force winds will lash the island for most of the day.

Rossell said officials think some power stations are not badly damaged, but the distribution system is ruined.

That buoy has reported wind gusts of 82kts and 31ft seas at 13s intervals over the last couple of hours.

Uprooted trees and widespread flooding blocked many highways and streets across the island, creating a maze that forced drivers to go against traffic and past police cars that used loudspeakers to warn people they must respect a 6 p.m.to 6 a.m. curfew imposed by the governor to ensure everyone's safety.

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Hurricane Maria's eyewall is now moving into eastern Puerto Rico in what may be the strongest Puerto Rico landfall in 85 years. For six days, they looked for a way to flee the battered island and struggled to survive, even resorting to using a a slingshot to kill chickens for food.

They chose that island over St. Croix because it had avoided a direct hit from Irma and therefore had more outbound flights scheduled. Hurricane Maria is expected to hit the island tomorrow, possibly bringing storm surges, flooding and deadly winds to the island. Is a double blow something that Puerto Rico could take?

In a statement on Wednesday, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the Commonwealth of Dominica is still isolated with no means of communications and transportation connections to the neghbouring islands.

"Everyone I know, every friend I have had to leave", she said.

"The government has prepared itself for the worst case scenario and so should the people", presidential administrative secretary Jose Ramon Peralta said.

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Winds of up to 110mph could lash the Turks and Caicos as the storm sweeps past the islands on Thursday night - with a hurricane warning issued.

"There is still some uncertainty, as any slight jog of the eyewall north could keep the most intense winds off the coast of the Dominican Republic", Dean said.

It was expected to pass off the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic late Wednesday and Thursday.

"Mainly it would be rip currents", Loewenthal said.

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