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Dominica Prime Minister: ‘My Roof Is Gone. I Am At The Complete Mercy Of The Hurricane. House Is Flooding’

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Dominica Prime Minister: ‘My Roof Is Gone. I Am At The Complete Mercy Of The Hurricane. House Is Flooding’




Dominica’s prime minister says he has been rescued from his home minutes after sending an urgent Facebook message reporting that his roof had been ripped off as Category 5 Hurricane Maria’s eyewall moved onshore.

At 9:35 p.m. ET, Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island nation with estimated maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, the first Category 5 hurricane in recorded history to do so. Records date back to 1851.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit took to Facebook at 9:21 p.m. ET, writing: “My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding.”

Eight minutes later, he wrote: “I have been rescued.”

One of the island’s 72,000 residents called into a local radio station to report that her roof had also been torn from her home and was “holding on to door for dear life.”



Hurricane warnings are currently in effect for Puerto Rico, its satellite islands of Culebra and Vieques, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the National Hurricane Center said Monday night.

Maria was expected to hit the U.S. Virgin Islands by Tuesday afternoon and Puerto Rico late Tuesday into early Wednesday, the hurricane center said. Hurricane-force winds were likely to continue across the Virgin Islands through Wednesday afternoon and across Puerto Rico through Wednesday night, it said.

“These winds will bring catastrophic damage,” the agency warned.

“Seek refuge with a family member, friend or move to a state shelter, because rescuers will not go out and risk their lives once winds reach 50 miles per hour,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló warned on Monday.

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