Local pastor from Puerto Rico concerned about Hurricane Maria

Posted September 21, 2017

Hurricane Maria hit the coastal town of Yabucoa in southeastern Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami reported.

Hurricane Maria strengthened into a "potentially catastrophic" Category Five storm as it barrelled into eastern Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma, forcing residents to evacuate in powerful winds and lashing rain.

Tropical storm Jose is moving off with little impact except some rain and wind in CT. The eye of the storm can be clearly seen in the video, with swirling cloud surrounding it.

On its passage through the Caribbean, Maria killed at least one person in the French territory of Guadeloupe and devastated the tiny island nation of Dominica. Puerto Rico has not experienced a storm of this magnitude since 1932, and the National Hurricane Center says Maria will be "an extremely unsafe and life-threatening situation" for the island territory.

Mr. Skerrit said that "the winds have swept away the roofs of nearly every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with".

Weather experts say Maria could be even more unsafe and destructive than Hurricane Irma, which destroyed large swaths of the Caribbean earlier this month.

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Dominica Consul General Barbara Dailey said officials hadn't been able to communicate with anyone on the island since 4 a.m. Tuesday.

More than 60 percent of the island was without electrcity.

Beth Tamplin Jones, 45, rode out Hurricane Irma earlier this month in the pantry of a friend's house on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. The hurricane is now heading towards Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. "We have an extremely weak infrastructure that has already been hit by one storm", Rosselló told reporters.

Another British overseas territory, Montserrat, may face a devastating storm surge, while torrential rain could trigger deadly flash floods.

Maria is the seventh hurricane in the Atlantic this season.

Grisele Cruz sought safety in a school, saying facing another storm means- "we're going to be without services for a long time".