Hurricane Maria turns Dominica into 'giant debris field&#39

A hurricane warning from the NHC remains in effect for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, the United States and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques.

This vehicle was seemingly flipped by the force of the hurricane’s 155mph winds in San Juan, Puerto RicoWhat was the damage to Dominica and Puerto Rico?

Dominica was a big exporter of bananas “but agriculture is now at zero, completely at zero, ” said Skerrit.

“This is not a system that will linger very long”. But there are six fewer shelters available post-Irma, since some schools still have no electricity.

Rossell√≥ said that Maria’s size means all of Puerto Rico will experience hurricane conditions.

“We expect to feel storm winds, tropical storm winds, since Tuesday up until late on Thursday”.

Reviving the grid and making it more resilient to future storms is likely going to be a long-term, billion-dollar project, Kenneth Buell, a director at the US Department of Energy, told Bloomberg. Still, it wasn’t shocking, since most parts of the United States badly need to update levees, buildings, transit hubs, and power lines, he said.

The people of this island nation of 71,000 are desperate, and some are still in shock.

If Maria strikes the island as forecast, it will be “more unsafe than Hugo and Georges”, he said.

St. Thomas also sustained devastating damage, with cell service and most radio stations downed, no electricity and blocked roads, according to Lisa Posey, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Virgin Islands government.

Other Leeward Islands are now under hurricane warnings, including Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat.

Trump issued an emergency declaration for the US Virgin Islands.

In August 2015, Tropical storm Erika battered Dominica killing at least 20 people. Barges were also destroyed in the storm, residents said, causing concern not only for Saint Croix, but for nearby Saint Thomas and Saint John, which had been receiving aid from the larger of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A British military reconaissance team is on standby to go to Montserrat and assess needs, the office said. The HMS Ocean is set to arrive in the area at week’s end with 60 tons of government supplies.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for parts of North Carolina’s eastern coast all the way to the Virginia border.

The CCRIF announced that the US$19,294,800 payout will be made under the island’s tropical cyclone policy with 14 days of the hurricane which made a direct hit on Dominica last Monday.

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