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Hurricane Maria death toll now 27

By AP Reporter

Puerto Rico and Dominica are struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria as the storm lashes the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Two days after Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, flooding towns, crushing homes and killing at least six people, millions on the island face the prospect of weeks and perhaps months without electricity.

The storm knocked out the entire grid across the US territory of 3.4 million people, leaving many without power.

Maria's death toll across the Caribbean has climbed to at least 27, including 15 in Dominica, three in Haiti, two in Guadeloupe, and one in the Dominican Republic.

Roosevelt Skerrit, premier of Dominica, wept as he spoke to a reporter on the nearby island of Antigua, saying: "It is a miracle there were not hundreds of deaths. Dominica is going to need all the help the world has to offer." He said more than 15 people are dead and 20 missing.

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