SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Beryl weakened to a tropical storm Saturday but was still expected to dump heavy rain over the Lesser Antilles at the end of the weekend on its way to the eastern Caribbean, bringing a new threat to islands still rebuilding from last year's storms.
MIAMI (AP) — The small Caribbean island of Dominica is making progress toward recovery after a devastating blow from last year's Hurricane Maria, the country's prime minister said Tuesday.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the country has exported the first crops harvested since Maria roared across Dominica as a fierce Category 5 on Sept. 18 and that tourism is recovering with the return of cruise ships and the re-opening of hotels on the mountainous island in the eastern Caribbean.
UN appeals for $31 million for hurricane-battered Dominica
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian office is launching a $31 million emergency appeal for the hurricane-battered Caribbean island of Dominica which was hit by a category 5 storm on Sept. 18.
The U.N. said Friday the appeal aims to provide emergency aid to 65,000 people from September to December 2017. It said $3 million was expected to be released later Friday from the U.N.'s Central Emergency Response Fund for Dominica.
Hurricane Maria pounds Puerto Rico after killing 7 people in Dominica
Hurricane Maria kept thrashing Puerto Rico on Wednesday, ripping trees out of the ground and hammering two-thirds of the island with hurricane-force winds.
"This is total devastation," said Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico's governor. "Puerto Rico, in terms of the infrastructure, will not be the same. ... This is something of historic proportions."
Hurricane Maria thrusts Dominica leader into spotlight
ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — As Hurricane Maria hammered Dominica with 160 mph (260 kph) winds Monday, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit hunkered down in his official residence and turned to social media to tell of the storm's fury, each post more dire than the previous.
Maria's "merciless" winds were turning sheet metal into deadly projectiles and "we dare not look out," Skerrit said on Facebook, praying for the tempest to end. "Rough! Rough! Rough!"
Hurricane Maria cripples Dominica as it churns toward Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria has pounded Dominica with "widespread devastation" as it barrels toward St. Croix and threatens catastrophic damage to Puerto Rico.
Hurling winds of 160 mph (257 kph), Maria shredded the Dominica Prime Minister's house overnight Monday into Tuesday and left much of the island -- population 73,000 -- in ruins.
"Initial reports are of widespread devastation," Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said on Facebook.
The Caribbean island of Dominica has been "devastated" by Hurricane Maria, the country's Prime Minister tells CNN.
The powerful storm, which made landfall Monday night, has since been downgraded to a Category 4 with sustained winds of 155 mph. After it passes over Dominica it is on course to score a direct hit on the US territory of Puerto Rico -- the first hurricane of its strength to do so in 85 years.
Hurricane Maria batters Dominica as a Category 5 storm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Maria intensified into a dangerous Category 5 storm and pounded the small island of Dominica as it surged into the eastern Caribbean on Monday night, and forecasters warned it might become even stronger.
The storm was following a path that could take it on Tuesday near many of the islands recently devastated by Hurricane Irma and then head toward a possible direct strike on Puerto Rico on Wednesday.
The Latest: Prime minister: ‘Merciless’ winds on Dominica
MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on tropical weather (all times local):
A series of Facebook posts by Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is capturing the power of Hurricane Maria as it roars past the island as a Category 5 storm.
About 8:45 p.m. Skerrit writes: "The winds are merciless! We shall survive by the grace of God!"
A few minutes later, he writes that he can hear the sound of galvanized steel roofs coming off houses on the small, rugged island in the eastern Caribbean.
Tropical Storm Matthew lashes islands of eastern Caribbean
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — Tropical Storm Matthew lashed islands in the eastern Caribbean with heavy wind and rain Wednesday night as it gained strength and headed west into open waters.
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