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Hurricane Maria 'devastates' Dominica: PM

Hurricane Maria 'devastates' Dominica: PM

"We're going to lose a lot of infrastructure in Puerto Rico".

In addition to government aid, the British Virgin Islands has received help from a group of sailors from Puerto Rico, who have always been visiting the territory on holiday and wanted to help.

The storm was on track to move over the northeastern Caribbean Sea and, by Tuesday night or early on Wednesday, approach the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, where millions are still reeling from Hurricane Irma earlier this month.

The Category 5 hurricane, which is passing over the Caribbean islands just two weeks after Hurricane Irma paved a deadly and similar deadly destructive path there, caused "extensive damage" in Dominica, according to the Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

The National Hurricane Center warned in a statement, "Hurricane conditions should continue over Dominica during the next few hours".

Brigadier John Ridge, second in command of the Joint Task Force of troops helping the islanders to recover, said: It kind of does not matter which way the hurricane goes, it is bad. Swells generated by the storm are now affecting much of the US east coast as well as Bermuda, the Bahamas and the northern coasts of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico.

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Up to 15in (38cm) of rain is predicted to fall as Maria barrels across the Caribbean, with "isolated maximum amounts of 20in (51cm)" expected to deluge the British Virgin Islands.

Maria's eye roared over the island late Monday night before the storm briefly dropped to Category 4 strength early Tuesday before resuming its extremely unsafe Category 5 status.

It can't get much worse that what it is, she said.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles.

Authorities in Puerto Rico are calling for "people in wooden or flimsy homes" to find shelter, The Associated Press reports.

"You have to evacuate". He also said the Federal Emergency Management Agency was ready to bring drinking water and help restore power immediately after the storm. "Otherwise, they will die", Public Safety Commissioner Hector Pesquera said at a news conference.

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Maria poses a significant threat to the Caribbean, the same areas that were impacted by Hurricane Irma a little over a week ago. National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson said the category 1 storm is essentially guaranteed to create rip currents.

For his part, Ricardo Ramos, CEO of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), said that he is now focused on the preparation and reduction of damages, while stating that fuel tanks for the network power generators have been filled.

Maria had maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour late Monday when it slammed into Dominica. "I don't know how to make this any clearer". A curfew would be imposed starting at 10 a.m. local time on Tuesday, he said.

"Many residents are still displaced, homes are not fully secured and our natural protections have had severe damage due to the passage of Hurricane Irma".

While the intensity of the hurricane may fluctuate over the next day or two, Maria is expected to remain a category 4 or 5 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale, the Miami-based NHC said.

A tropical storm warning was posted for coastal areas in Rhode Island and MA, and tropical storm watches were up for parts of New York's Long Island and CT.

Jose's center was about 350 miles south-southwest of Nantucket, Massachusetts, early Tuesday and moving north at 9 mph.

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