Hurricane Maria hits Virgin Islands and bears down on Puerto Rico

Source: BBC News

Hurricane Maria, the second maximum-strength Atlantic storm of the season, has reached the southernmost Virgin Islands as it heads for Puerto Rico.

The category five hurricane began lashing St Croix in its north-westerly path across the Caribbean.

On Monday it inflicted substantial damage on Dominica and the first aerial images of the island have emerged.

The storm briefly weakened to a four but is now again packing top sustained winds of 280km/h (175mph).

The storm is moving roughly along the same track as Irma, this season’s other category five hurricane.

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