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  • The Category 4 Hurricane Maria packed with windspeeds of 140 mph made a landfall on Puerto Rico, the U.S. Commonwealth territory with massive rains and wind. The landfall on the island has raised alarms for flash floods in the area with a flash flood warning in place. The river levels in Puerto Rico have exceeded beyond dangerous levels and the situation is grim. Maria is reportedly now moving towards the northern coast of Puerto Rico with catastrophic winds while rainfall and floods continue to lash the area. Meanwhile, reports from Dominica confirm 7 fatalities due to Maria on the island. More details awaited.
09:28 AM, September 20, 2017 (PST)
  • Latest reports coming in from the USNHC confirm that the outer walls of Hurricane Maria are currently hovering over the U.S. Virgin Islands in St. Croix. However, the better news is that the eye of Hurricane Maria has drifted to the south-west of St. Croix and the eye won't be making a landfall there but, the island is still going to experience rain and blasts of winds due to the presence of the eye-wall. St. Croix is reporting windspeeds of 90 mph and wind blasts of 127 mph. Maria is still a Category 5 hurricane with windspeeds of up to 175 mph. Next up on Maria's target is the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico that has already begun to experience a change in weather. Maria is expected to arrive in Puerto Rico sometimes during the day. Citizens in the region have been warned against power outages for months as the energy system of the island could be completely wiped out by the Hurricane and the country would requires billions of Dollars in funding to resurrect from the current situation. Meanwhile, the island of Dominica has reported heavy damage incurred by the eye of Maria with at least 6 feared dead in the horrific encounter with the hurricane. More details awaited.
09:41 PM, September 19, 2017 (PST)
  • Maria, the Category 5 hurricane that devastated the island of Dominica is moving ahead towards the islands of Montserrat, Puerto Rico & U.S. & British Virgin Islands. It is being speculated that the powerful hurricane has caused excessive damage on the island of Dominica. It is also being said that Puerto Rico could face its worst storm in over a century, such is the intensity of Maria. Hurricane Maria currently is packed with winds of up to 160mph and is bringing heavy rains to the islands where it's passing through. The communication lines are still out of order in Dominica post Maria's destruction. The USNHC has said that while the windspeed of the hurricane could vary between a category 4 and 5 limite, the storm is still very dangerouos and pose a serious threat to life. Maria is also likely to hit the island of St. Kitts & Nevis on the day of their independence from the British Rule. Officials of the British Virgin Islands & St. Kitts & Nevis have quoted that they're preparing for the worst. More details awaited.
09:21 AM, September 19, 2017 (PST)
  • As Hurricane Maria moves up ahead along the Caribbean Islands after wreaking havoc on Dominica with Guadeloupe being the next island in it's path, the British Virgin Islands has imposed a curfew in place in view of the oncoming catastrophe. The island was already struck by Irma less than two weeks ago and now it is bound to be hit by another behemoth, Maria. The governor of British Virgin Islands said that the debris from the destruction caused by Irma hasn't been cleared yet and with another super-storm arriving to batter the island, the lying debris could cause way more destruction than the hurricane can do on its own. Also, the debris poses a serious threat to life too. The government and people are doing everything in their capacity to clear as much debris as they can to minimise the damage. Meanwhile, the USNHC has upgraded Maria back to a Category 5 storm. Earlier it was downgraded to a Category 4 storm with windspeeds of up to 155 Mph but apparently the hurricane has picked up strength from the Ocean currents and has regained it's power back. More details awaited.
01:52 AM, September 19, 2017 (PST)
  • Latest reports by the Trinidad & Tobago Weather Center states that the island of Guadeloupe, the french governed territory is most likely to escape the wrath of the Category 4 Hurricane Maria as the eye of the storm is moving in the South-West direction. It however also said, that the French governed island won't be spared of the ranis and winds caused by the eye wall of the storm. People on the island of Guadeloupe can expect heavy rainfall and wind blasts. Guadeloupe is facing rains, and windespeeds of up to 68 Mph. The islands to be affected by Maria have already been issued warnings and have been made aware of the situations in the aftermath of the storm which includes falsh-floods, mudslides, deluge and other calamities. Hurricane Maria is next headed to the British governed territory of Montserrat. More details awaited.
11:13 PM, September 18, 2017 (PST)
  • Maria, the Hurricane which was a Category 5 when it hit Dominica, has now been downgraded to a Category 4 by the USNHC. The windspeeds have fallen from a whopping 160 Mph to 155 Mph which is still gravely dangerous and pose a serious threat to life and property. The storm which is right now hovering over the Atlantic Ocean is expected to make its next contact with the land on the island of Guadeloupe, a French governed territory. Maria is expected to reach the island soon and by 20:00 Hrs tonight people are advised not to step out of their safe havens. Lashes of rain and winds have already announced their arrival on the island. More details awaited.
10:31 PM, September 18, 2017 (PST)
  • The Caribbean Islands are living their worst nightmares right now. It was a week ago that Hurricane Irma battered the islands and left them completely devastated rendering people homeless and inflicting damages in billions and now Maria is here to incur wrath upon them. Just a Tropical Storm until a couple of days ago, the Hurricane gained strength over the Atlantic currents (Thanks to Climate Change) and now, if reports are to be believed, it has transformed into a mammoth of a hurricane bearing the tag of a Category 5. It is being said that Maria has made a landfall on the island of Dominica. It is the first time that Dominica is hit by a Category 5 hurricane.The island has suffered huge losses. Maria is now moving away from Dominica and is headed to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico and is expected to traverse through the Caribbean islands of St. Kitts & Nevis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, U.s. & British Virgin Islands, Culebra and Vieques. More details awaited.

 

  • Hurricane Maria intensifies to Category 3 hours before landfall as it took aim at Puerto Rico and islands left in ruins by Hurricane Irma, hurling maximum sustained winds of 120 mph.

 

  • Tropical storm Maria, which modified into a hurricane on Sunday afternoon, is heading towards the Caribbean islands. As per reports, it is a category 1 storm and has wind speeds of 85 mph. The storm is currently around 100 miles northeast of Barbados.
10:14 PM, September 18, 2017 (PST)

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History of Dominica
Like many other Caribbean islands, Dominica was inhabited by Tainos, Arawak people, who arrived from the Orinoco River region of Venezuela and Colombia. The Tainos lived on the island peacefully until the arrival of the Caribs in the 14th century.
The Caribs were the Kalinago tribe of warriors who dominated the land by the time Europeans first discovered it, beginning with the 1493 voyage of Christopher Columbus. He named the island Dominica, the word for Sunday, which was the day his crew first saw the island.

Though the Spanish were the first Europeans to see the island, they were not able to settle there because of the Carib warriors. This did not stop the French from claiming the land in 1635, sending the first visitors to the island around 1650. The French did not settle there until 1715, when they fled from Martinique and established French colony. The colony remained until 1763, when the island was taken by Britain in the Treaty of Paris, after the Seven Years' War. France recaptured the island in 1778, but it was returned to Britain in the 1783 Treaty of Paris.

After the abolition of slavery in the British colonies in 1834, tensions grew between the newly freed people and the wealthy British colonists. Dominica became part of the Leeward Island Federation along with other British colonies, Antigua, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Anguilla in 1871. It later became part of the West Indies Federation along with the Windward Islands in 1958. When it dissolved, Dominica became an associated state in 1967, and in 1978, it became the independent Commonwealth of Dominica. After independence, Dominica continued to struggle economically, and a serious hurricane in 1979 hindered the country's growth over its first decade. The economy later recovered, but more troubles came in the 2000s, when two consecutive prime ministers died in office.

Neighboring Countries
Dominica is located between Guadeloupe and Martinique, and not far from Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Major Cities
  • Roseau (capital)
  • Portsmouth
  • Scott's Head

Geography
The Caribbean island of Dominica is part of the Windward Islands, with the Caribbean Sea to the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. With plenty of coastline, Dominica's beaches are covered in soft sands. The terrain of the island is rugged and mountainous with lush rainforests. The island was formed by volcanic activity, and contains volcanic slopes forming a ridge across the middle of the island, with deep gorges on either side.

The highest point on the island is Morne Diablotins, which stands 1,447 meters (4,747 feet) above sea level, while another significant peak is Morne Trois Pitons. Another notable volcanic feature of Dominica is the collapsed caldera in the south near Scott's Head, which is partially below sea level. Another effect of the tectonic activity are the hot springs and Boiling Lake, the second largest of its kind, which is situated in a crater and into which flows a waterfall. The largest crater lake is Boeri.

There are 365 rivers in Dominica, though only about 83 are considered substantial. The largest of Dominica's rivers include Layou, the Roseau, and the Toulaman.

Points of Interest
The natural attractions of Dominica include its many beaches, as well as its forests. Morne Trois Pitons National Park, situated in the rainforests, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, in which the Boiling Lake and other important Dominican lakes are located. Another protected region in Dominica is Cabrits National Park. Avid hikers should check out Waitukubuli National Trail, which extends 184 kilometers (115 miles) from Scott's Head to Cabrits through rainforests and mountains.

The waters around Dominica are home to diverse wildlife and coral, great for snorkeling and scuba diving. In the south at Champagne, the submarine volcanic activity creates bubbles that resemble champagne.

The capital, Roseau, contains a natural port in the southwest. The city is home to a historic French Quarter, which features colonial architecture, as well as the Gothic Roseau Cathedral, a museum and other attractions. There are also markets and a variety of restaurants to try in Roseau. In the south, the village of Scott's Head is located at the edge of an ancient submarine volcano, and is a great spot for scuba diving.

Transportation
The main airports in Dominica are Melville Hall and Canefield, with most flights going into the former. Service is available from Puerto Rico, Antigua, Barbados, and several other Caribbean destinations. The other way of entering Dominica is by boat, with ferries from Martinique and Guadeloupe and frequent cruise ships stopping by the port at Roseau.

The primary way of getting around the island is by car, though the roads are narrow and winding and can be dangerous, but this option will allow the most freedom and flexibility. There are buses and taxis, which are fairly inexpensive, but as the road conditions are not great, the bus is not always a comfortable option.

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Last Updated : September 19th, 2017

The official flag of Dominica was adopted on November 3, 1978. The Dominican flag features the national bird emblem, the sisserou parrot, which also appears on the coat of arms granted July 21, 1961.
Facts about Dominica
NameCommonwealth of Dominica
CapitalRoseau
Largest CityRoseau
Official language(s)English
DemonymDominican
Area290 Sq mi (750 Sq Km)
Population71,293 (2011 Est.)
CurrencyEast Caribbean dollar (XCD)
GDP (PPP)$977 million (2011 Est.)
GDP (Nominal)$$489 million (2011 Est.)
Prime MinisterRoosevelt Skerrit
Independence DayNovember 3, 1978 (From UK)
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