Caribbean island of Dominica “devastated” by storm Maria

Sep 19, 2017, 5:28 AM EDT
Sailors process service members evacuated from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, in anticipation of Hurricane Maria.
(Source: Official U.S. Navy Page/flickr)

Hurricane Maria abruptly strengthened to a category five storm on Monday night as it made landfall on the Caribbean island of Dominica, tearing through territories and wrecking “all that money can buy and replace.”

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit called the damage “devastating,” urging the international community to come forward for help, writes the BBC.

Maria, downgraded to category four after passing through Dominica, is advancing roughly on the same path as Irma, the catastrophic storm that wreaked havoc in the Caribbean earlier this month, notes The Telegraph.

Several countries including Britain and France have issued warnings against traveling to their respective overseas territories in the region, reports The Guardian.