Hurricane Maria: Dominica PM records storm's fury live on Facebook

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The fury with which Hurricane Maria tore into the Caribbean island of Dominica was revealed in a series of Facebook posts by its Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

We do not know what is happening outside. We not dare look out. All we are hearing is the sound of galvanize flying. The sound of the fury of the wind. As we pray for its end!

Posted by Roosevelt Skerrit on Monday, September 18, 2017
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As the core of the category five storm slammed into the island with sustained winds of 260km/h (160mph), Mr Skerrit described its impact on those hunkering down.

Certainly no sleep for anyone in Dominica. I believe my residence may have sustained some damage.

Posted by Roosevelt Skerrit on Monday, September 18, 2017
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One meteorologist said Dominica was being "obliterated". Mr Skerrit could clearly feel the force of the storm.

Rough! Rough! Rough!

Posted by Roosevelt Skerrit on Monday, September 18, 2017
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Then, as the winds tore the roof from the building, the PM seemed to think all might be lost.

My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding.

Posted by Roosevelt Skerrit on Monday, September 18, 2017
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But it appears help was at hand.

I have been rescued.

Posted by Roosevelt Skerrit on Monday, September 18, 2017
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Mr Skerrit later posted a statement on Facebook describing "widespread devastation" with winds having swept away the roofs of "almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with".

He said that news of serious injury and possible death resulting from landslides triggered by persistent rainfall was "my greatest fear".

Mr Skerrit said that his focus was now on rescuing those trapped and providing medical assistance to the injured.

"We will need help, my friend, we will need help of all kinds," he added.

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The eye of Hurricane Maria, which strengthened to a category five storm before making landfall on the Caribbean island, is moving roughly along the same track as Irma, the hurricane that devastated the region earlier this month.

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