America In Trouble As Hurricane Hits Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico And Many Lost Their Lives
Hurricane Maria, the devastating storm pushing north-west through the Caribbean, has landed in Puerto Rico.
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said it arrived in Yabucoa in the east of the US territory, producing winds of 150 mph (250 km/h).
The hurricane earlier hit St Croix in the US Virgin Islands.
Dominica was badly hit on Monday night and aerial footage shows flattened houses. Details are scant as communication links are down.
Shortly before making landfall in Puerto Rico, the storm was downgraded from category five to category four by the NHC.
Maria was similarly downgraded on Tuesday only to be upgraded again to category five.
It is the second storm of this strength to hit the Caribbean this hurricane season – the first was category five Irma earlier in September. Maria began moving roughly along the same track as Irma.
The governor of Puerto Rico has told the island’s 3.5 million people to seek shelter.