Maria Devastates Dominica as a Cat 5, Churns Toward Puerto Rico

By Faye Higbee

The US Coast Guard has closed the ports in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands as Maria leaves Dominica and churns their way. The landfall of Maria as a Cat 5 left overwhelming devastation to the Island of Dominica.

 

Note: The island’s full official name is the Commonwealth of Dominica and is not related to the Dominican Republic, which is a much larger country. The population is nearly 73,000.

“We have lost all what money can buy and replace.”
Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit after being rescued when his roof flew off and water began rising in his home.

In the crosshairs of a monster

Warnings issued for the islands in the path of Maria have advised residents “not go out for any reason.” The hurricane is set to hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday. Though the storm fell to Cat 4 when it struck Dominica, it quickly regained its Cat 5 status.

On Puerto Rico there are 500 shelters set up, and all ports are now under “Condition Zulu.” The designation means that “all vessel movements are prohibited, and all ship-to-shore operations must cease until further notice.” That designation goes for the US Virgin Islands as well.

For the folks on St John and St Thomas in the USVI that were devastated after Irma, this is too much for them. St Croix avoided the direct hit from Irma, but it is unclear whether it will avoid it now. The disaster level was complete then…it may become even more so now.