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Hurricane Maria causes ‘widespread damage’ in Dominica

Satellite image of a hurricane

The Caribbean is facing more destruction as Hurricane Maria moves along roughly the same path as Irma did earlier this month. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is currently advising against any travel to the British Virgin Islands in the wake of the powerful storm.

Maria has now been downgraded to a category four hurricane after hitting Dominica, but the US’s National Hurricane Centre warns the intensity of the storm is likely to fluctuate over the course of the next day or so, and it is forecast to remain a category four or five on its approach to the British and US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Hurricane warnings remain in place for Guadeloupe, ST Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, the US and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, where Maria is expected to make landfall as at least a category three storm.

Anybody planning travel to the area for the remainder of the week is recommended to check the status of their flights and conditions at their destination prior to departure. Those already in the area are advised to follow all safety orders given by local authorities.

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