‘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:
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.