Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Dominica PM declares state of emergency in aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Dominica PM declares state of emergency in aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Meanwhile, authorities in Puerto Rico are urging residents to seek higher ground ahead of flash flooding - with up to 30 inches (76cm) more rain predicted by Saturday - in the aftermath of Maria.

The US National Hurricane Centre said hurricane warnings are in force on the US and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas.

Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans stunned by a hurricane that crushed concrete balconies and paralyzed the island with landslides, flooding and downed trees vowed to slowly rebuild amid an economic crisis as rescue crews fanned out across the USA territory.

The prime minister of Dominica said he will travel to New York Friday to appeal to the United Nations General Assembly for urgent help for the small Caribbean island, which suffered catastrophic damage and at least 15 deaths from Hurricane Maria this week. The Central Bahamas were under a tropical storm watch.

Maria's fierce core was centered about 55 miles (85 kilometers) northeast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The storm knocked out the entire grid across the US territory of 3.4 million, leaving many without power to light their homes, cook, pump water or run fans, air conditioners or refrigerators. Some are even contemplating leaving the island. "I saw nearly complete devastation", said Skerrit, who has made several flights over the territory.

Like many Puerto Ricans, Llanos does not have a generator or gas stove.

President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster in the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria hit.

The commandant of U.S. Coast Guard made this statement about their work to find people.

The names of those on the vessel were not released.

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