Reports out of Dominica this morning are that the island suffered widespread devastation from Hurricane Maria last night.
The eye of the powerful category 5 hurricane passed over the Eastern Caribbean country at about 10:30 last night.
The storm packed winds of 160 miles per hour.
As of 5 o’clock this morning, Maria is maintaining that strength.
Residents of St. Kitts and Nevis are reportedly beginning to feel its force at this hour.
It’s also expected to hit Antigua and Barbuda and 8 this morning.
Barbuda was already devastated by Hurricane Irma just last week.
A statement from Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, on his Facebook page last night, says initial reports are of widespread devastation.
He says, “So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains.”
He continues, “So far the winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with. The roof to my own official residence was among the first to go and this apparently triggered an avalanche of torn away roofs in the city and the countryside.”
Prime Minister Skerrit spoke with Antigua and Barbuda Service after 11 last night.
And Prime Minister Skerrit describes how he had to be rescued.
Prime Minister Skerrit says he’s hoping there are no casualties and is focusing now on rescuing the trapped and securing medical assistance for the injured.
He’s also imploring friendly governments and organizations to provide whatever assistance they can, especially helicopter services, as soon as possible.