CCRIF pays $19m to Dominica for Hurricane Maria claims

Hurricane Maria Guadeloupe

Hurricane Maria Guadeloupe

"On the forecast track, the center of Maria will move across the Leeward Islands late today (Monday) and tonight and then over the extreme northeastern Caribbean Sea Tuesday and Tuesday night", the NHC said. Puerto Rico's public safety commissioner, Hector Pesquera, was very blunt about the danger of the storm: "You have to evacuate".

"At the moment these are fatalities we know of". The storm has also isolated the country by knocking out its communications and transportation connections with nearby islands.

Category 5 hurricanes are the most destructive storms on Earth, bearing peak winds of at least 157 miles per hour. Some of the island's 3.4 million residents planned to head to the U.S.to temporarily escape the desolation. The storm was predicted to bring 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) of rain across the islands, with more in isolated areas.

"At this point, all of us are on Facebook trying to support each other, trying to give encouragement, find information and spread information in that way", said Desire.

Mike Hyland, senior vice president of engineering services for the American Public Power Association, a utility industry group that is sending fix crews into the Caribbean, refused to speculate on how long it would take to restore power in Puerto Rico.

Image taken on September 20, 2017 shows employees of the Ministry of Public Works and Communications working on a power line collapsed during the passing of Hurricane Maria in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

"We are very mindful that others and colleagues in the region felt its full force and our thoughts are very much with them at the moment".

Residents in Puerto Rico, meanwhile, are picking up the pieces after their homes were pummelled by Hurricane Maria.

"The country is in a daze - no electricity, no running water - as a result of uprooted pipes in most communities and definitely no landline or cellphone services on island, and that will be for quite a while". She and her disabled son planned to spend the storm with relatives because their home is made of wood, and she prayed that it would not be destroyed. She said she hadn't decided whether to leave the island.

A study presented at the 2008 American Meteorological Society meeting by scientists at Colorado State University and the National Centre for Atmospheric Research noted that tropical cyclones with pinhole eyes are associated with rapid intensification.

More hurricanes are churning through the Atlantic Ocean on a possible collision course with USA territory.

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