‘Potentially catastrophic’ hurricane rapidly intensifies as it pummels Caribbean and heads to Irma-struck Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

In Guadeloupe – which could be the next island to feel Maria’s full force – winds have already picked up speed and the rains are intensifying:

#Maria #Guadeloupe La végétation soumise à rude épreuve ! pic.twitter.com/5rYBkbqvrR

As Maria approached, Agence France-Presse reported on the islanders making preparations for the catastrophic storm:

Residents flocked to supermarkets to stock up on essentials as island officials warned people living in low-lying areas or along rivers to move to high ground.

“Just ready to ride out storm at best. With a little prayer on the side,” said school teacher Leandra Lander.

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