Hurricane Maria kills over 15 in Dominica Island

Elias Hubbard
September 23, 2017

The Caribbean island's main hospital has been without power since the Category 5 storm hit late Monday, killing at least 15 and injuring many others.

NBC News meteorologist Bill Karins said that Maria was one of the fastest intensifying hurricanes ever recorded.

"Dominica had very little time to prepare for this monster", Karins added.

He said major damage was inevitable, although 500 shelters had been established to protect people.

There is a very urgent need as many public buildings being used as shelters are now without roofs and the scores of people there are "sleeping under the elements".

Many parts of the island have not been surveyed yet and the death toll is expected to rise.

Images shared on social media show roofs being stripped away as winds as strong as 140 miles per hour (225 km/h) whipped trees and power lines in Puerto Rico's capital city, San Juan. A dozen more are at a separate post-secondary institution on the island.

"God is with us; we are stronger than any hurricane", Mr Rossello said. There's a big difference between a direct hit from a Category Five hurricane like Maria and a glancing blow from a smaller storm.

There was flooding in the French territory of Guadeloupe, where one person was killed by a falling tree and another died on the seafront.

Video footage shot by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency shows large swaths of the island suffered heavy damage, with roofs missing and debris scattered for hundreds of yards.

In an emotional interview this afternoon, the Prime Minister of Dominica was moved to tears as he reflected on the state and fate of his countrymen who have been left homeless and helpless by Hurricane Maria. Maria began moving roughly along the same track as Irma.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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