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Horrendous Hurricane Maria throttles Dominica; Irma ravaged Caribbean next

Horrendous Hurricane Maria throttles Dominica; Irma ravaged Caribbean next

As of the National Hurricane Center's update at 2:00 a.m. AST, Monday evening, Hurricane Maria's intensity had decreased slightly to a category 4 hurricane, but more fluctuations are expected in the coming days and it is expected to remain "an extremely risky category 4 or 5 hurricane while it approaches the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico".

Maria's landfall in Dominica was record-breaking, and National Hurricane Center statements say it is the strongest storm to make landfall on the small island country.

Most models are forecasting Maria will stay away from Florida and the USA mainland.

The NHC added: "A unsafe storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves will raise water levels by as much as 7ft to 11ft feet above normal tide levels in the hurricane warning area near where the centre of Maria moves across the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands".

Governor Ricardo Rossello urged islanders to seek refuge.

Criticised for the pace of relief efforts in their overseas territories devastated by Irma, Britain, France and the Netherlands said they were boosting resources for the Caribbean.

The storm's path after it hits Puerto Rico is hard to predict.

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Delta Air Lines' coach airfares on one-way nonstop flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and three airports in the Dominican Republic will be limited to $199 through Sep.

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt said on his Facebook page that "initial reports are of widespread devastation" and said he feared there would be deaths due to rain-fed landslides.

"At the very least, we know we will get rough surf conditions, rip currents and possibly gusty winds", Barnes said. But luckily for us, it doesn't look like any significant impacts.

The latest NHC forecast predicts Maria could maintain its strength, possibly running into Puerto Rico as a Category 5 storm.

Dominica was "shut down" as the storm approached, said Anil Etienne, a spokesperson for Dominica's Office of Disaster Management.

Etienne told ABC News officials are anxious about flooding in low-lying areas and have opened about 146 shelters.

On Monday evening and in the early hours of Tuesday, Skerrit posted live updates on social media as his own roof was torn from his home, saying he was "at the complete mercy of the hurricane". A while later he wrote that he had been rescued.

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