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Puerto Rico governor: Still time to get to shelters before Hurricane Maria


Earlier in the day, Skerrit had warned residents that the looming hurricane would be one of the most dangerous storms to pass over Dominica and ordered schools and nonessential government services to close; he urged private businesses to do the same.

This is the second maximum-strength storm to hit the Caribbean this month, following Irma which was the strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic.

'The winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with, ' Skerrit said on Facebook, noting that his own residence had been hit too.

The devastating winds from Category 5 Maria have increase slightly to 165 mph as the storm prepares to bear down on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The US National Hurricane Center described Maria as "potentially catastrophic" as it pushed northwest towards the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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Barnes said a high pressure system and weak steering currents in the models are keeping the storm away from South Carolina.

Last week, Trump was pressed on whether Harvey and Irma, which happened back-to-back, had changed his view on climate change.

Videos posted overnight by the territory's official Twitter account showed sheets of rain slamming Basse-Terre, one of Guadeloupe's two main islands, while trees were whipped sideways by the force of the wind.

One bit of good news emerged from the Caribbean: The French island of Martinique suffered no major damage, the French Interior Ministry tweeted Tuesday. "We're soon going to take shelter in a safe room", Mike Theiss, a hurricane chaser who is staying in Fajardo, told CNN's Don Lemon. Images from the islands showed felled trees strewn about the roads and neighborhoods submerged in water.

Forecasters said storm surge could raise water levels by 6 to 9 feet (1.8 to 2.7 metres) near the storm's centre.

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Although the French island of Martinique also received heavy wind and rain Monday night and Tuesday morning - resulting in some flooded neighborhoods - it eluded the full force of Maria compared to neighboring islands. It reported seeing small spikes of activity, but far less than normal.

At least one person has been confirmed dead as Hurricane Maria wreaks havoc on islands already battered by a tough hurricane season.

"The cost of rebuilding just the British Virgin Islands will be three or four billion dollars", Branson responded. "My focus now is in rescuing the trapped and securing medical assistance for the injured".

The governor said 500 shelters are available on the island. "If all that money could be invested in clean energy, in powering the world by the sun and by the wind, where we won't have to suffer these awful events in the future, how much better than having to patch up people's houses after they've been destroyed?" "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".

"In Martinique, reconnaissance operations are still underway but already we can see that there is no significant damage", Jacques Witkowski, France's head of civil protection and crisis response, said at a news conference in Paris, according to Reuters.

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En el video que se ha difundido a través de redes sociales, se ve cómo el agua mueve de manera brusca a las trajineras. No se ha dado aún una fecha de reprogramación para los encuentros.

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