HURRICANE MARIA is today barrelling towards the islands of the Lesser Antilles, leaving behind a drenched Barbados and at least two people counting their losses.
At press time, Maria had strengthened to Category 5 storm and was packing maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour. It was heading straight for a number of islands which, a couple weeks ago, had taken a beating from Hurricane Irma.
The tropical storm watch for Barbados was discontinued at 2 p.m. but the flood warning was extended until 6 a.m. today.
During its passage, Maria’s winds downed a number of trees, two of which crashed on houses in Gills Terrace, St Peter, and Hanson Hill, St George. Others partially blocked roads at Bishop’s Court Hill, St Michael, and Farley Hill, St Peter; damaged a communications tower in Clement Rock, Airy Hill, St Joseph, and threw rough surf at the island’s shores. Wharf Road in Bridgetown had to be closed because of high waters of the Careenage. (HLE)
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