‘You have to evacuate. Otherwise, you’re going to die,’ warns US territory’s safety commissioner as devastation of Dominica emerges

At least six people have reportedly been killed and 90% of buildings destroyed after Hurricane Maria lashed the Caribbean island of Dominica, as Puerto Rico braced for its turn in the eye of a “potentially catastrophic” category five storm.

Puerto Rican officials urged residents to evacuate to government-run shelters on the island, which is expected to take a direct hit from a storm that currently has sustained wind speeds of 165mph (270km/h). Thousands of people have already fled to safety.

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