PM Skerrit: No one was spared Maria's wrath

Hurricane Irma was lashing the Caribbean at the time and her sister and husband, both physicians, were needed in Dominica in case of emergencies.

It was his first official outing since the passage of Hurricane Maria on Monday. Depending on sea conditions, the evacuations could begin on Friday, the department said.

Luckily the storm missed the island, but then on Monday, hurricane Maria struck, and there was no escape.

The storm is now a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 miles per hour, and is forecast to continue moving toward the eastern Caribbean at 13 miles per hour.

Troops who have been handing out tons of food and aid supplies across the devastated Caribbean islands have been humbled by the kindness of residents, some of whom have had their whole lives transformed by the hurricanes.

Hurricane Maria turned streets into raging rivers Thursday as it continued ravaging the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico on its tear across the Caribbean. A tropical storm warning was issued for Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and Anguilla. The loan, available on highly concessionary terms, is created to support the clearing and cleaning of areas damaged by Hurricane Maria, and the emergency restoration of services.

Mapp said his government will continue to work with federal partners and others on the US mainland and around the world to clean up and reconstruct the USA territory.


Torrential rainfall could cause deadly flash flooding and mudslides on islands that it crosses.

Puerto Rico is expected to take a direct hit.

On Wednesday, the island's premier, Orlando Smith, said: "Last night we were fortunate, thank God, that the effects of Hurricane Maria were not almost as severe as Hurricane Irma".

"So far, we have lost all what money can buy and replace", said Skerrit.

Tropical storm watches are in place for portions of the eastern coast of the U.S. stretching between DE and MA. Even before the hurricane hit, his Facebook page frequently featured multiple new posts each day, sharing everything from photos of public works projects to Skerrit meeting with constituents, visiting dignitaries or a Jamaican reggae musician who uses the stage name "Sizzla".

The hurricane center said that Jose would produce heavy rain as it passes near southern New England and the mid-Atlantic on Tuesday and Wednesday, but that based on current forecasting the risk of flooding would be "limited in scope".

One of two airports serving the country is out of action; the other is expected to be working in the coming days.


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