Following the hurricane in Dominica, the villagers lost ” all that money can buy and replace, ” Roosevelt Skerrit , the prime minister of the Caribbean island , said on Tuesday .
Maria landed at 21.15 local time in Dominica (01.15 GMT Tuesday) and was moving west-northwest at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour.
Dominica is an island of about 75,000 inhabitants located between the French territories of Guadeloupe in the north and Martinique in the south.
“Initial reports are of mass devastation,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit wrote in a desperate message on Facebook after the storm. “We lost everything that money can buy and replace.” In addition, he revealed that the roof of his house was blown up.
Maria then advanced to the islands near Dominica: on Tuesday the French archipelago of Guadalupe began to be flogged , particularly in the south, where authorities have asked the population to remain in confinement, while decreasing the red alert in two other French islands more to the north in the Caribbean, those of San Martin and Bartolomé .
Prognoses show that the hurricane would then advance to the US territory of Puerto Rico and the island of Hispaniola , which is shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Maria is expected to arrive in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands between Tuesday night and Wednesday.
The CNH predicts a possible increase in the intensity of Mary , although its power will fluctuate in the next hours.
The Lesser Antilles are still under the shock of hurricane Irma , also category 5, which left at least 26 dead in the Caribbean , mostly in Puerto Rico and Cuba.
That cyclone, which reached 295 kilometers per hour, almost completely destroyed the small island of Barbuda, about 1,600 inhabitants.
Preventive evacuation ordered in Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic authorities ordered preventive eviction in vulnerable areas on Monday against the threat of powerful hurricane Maria, whose effects will be felt in the country starting on Wednesday, according to forecasts.
The director of the Emergency Operations Center (COE), Juan Manuel Méndez , said at a press conference that the evictions will be carried out between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon.
“From this moment we call on the population at high risk to move to a safe place … to avoid tragedies,” Méndez said.
Nine of the 32 provinces of the Dominican Republic are on alert because of Mary , the majority in the north of the country.
Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina said he will return to his home country on Monday night because of the hurricane after traveling to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, which officially begins Tuesday.
“I’m going to return to the Dominican Republic today, because I do not want to leave any loose ends ,” Medina told reporters in New York.