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'Potentially Catastrophic' Hurricane Maria Devastates Dominica, Heads For Puerto Rico

The National Hurricane Center warns that the storm now barreling toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico is a Category 5 hurricane with winds of nearly 160 miles per hour.
People walk in a street flooded by Hurricane Maria in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, on Tuesday. Source: Andres Martinez Casares

Hurricane Maria is barreling toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as a "potentially catastrophic" Category 5 hurricane, and is forecast to approach those islands tonight and tomorrow.

On the island of Dominica, which was raked by the storm late Monday, the prime minister says that "initial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace."

"Preparations to protect life and property, just two weeks after many of the same areas were devastated by Hurricane Irma.

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