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Tuesday 16 January 2018
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Dominica gets hit by Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria is in full swing as it makes its way through the Lesser Antilles, and the island of Dominica was first to feel the storm’s wrath.

On Monday night, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit posted to Facebook to update on the effects of the storm, sharing that his own roof had blown off and his house was flooded.

He added, only minutes later, that he had been rescued from his home and taken to safety.

Prime Minister Skerrit also reportedly issued a statement saying “Please let the world know Dominica has been devastated.”

“We do not know how many dead, if any,” he added. “We shall know in the morning.”

Newsday received a number of videos showing the impact of the hurricane, including extensive flooding and excessive winds that were causing roofs to blow off.

WARNING: The following videos include explicit language and may not be suitable for everyone.

Another video shows Anthony Astaphan explaining the extent of the damage done to his home, which was more structurally sound than many others on the island before the storm hit.

And the storm isn’t over yet. “The hurricane is still on,” PM Skerrit said. “We were brutalized by the hurricane.”

He later issued the following statement on his Facebook page.

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