Caribbean islands braced for Hurricane Maria onslaught
Hurricane Maria has grown to category five as it causes widespread damage to the Caribbean Islands.
As the latest Atlantic storm tears it's way into the Caribbean territories, the hurricane has strengthened to category five with top winds coming in at 160mph.
"Maria" is said to be moving along almost the same path as Hurricane Irma which devastated parts of Florida earlier this month.
Described as "extremely dangerous" and "potentially catastrophic" by the US National Hurricane Centre, the islands that are most likely to be affected include Martinique, Puerto Rico and the US and British Virgin islands.
Residents have been warned of flash floods and dangerous storm surges amongst the Islands.
Almost 15inches of rain is predicted to fall as Maria storms across the Caribbean, with "isolated maximum amounts of 20in" expected to deluge the British Virgin Islands.
The President of the Caribbean Island, Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit said the storm had brought "widespread devastation" and that the people of Dominica has "lost all what money can buy and replace."
In a Facebook post he stated: "The roof to my own official residence was among the first to go and this apparently triggered an avalanche of torn away roofs in the city and the countryside."
President Skerrit added: "My focus now is in rescuing the trapped and securing medical assistance for the injured."
Belfast Telegraph Digital