>> Maria ripping through the Caribbean island of Dominica Tuesday as a fierce category five hurricane. Lashing out with winds of nearly 160 miles per hour. In a Facebook post, the nation's prime minister detailing the fury of the storm. Writing, quote, So far the winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with.
The National Hurricane Center warning that the, quote, extremely dangerous storm could retain its strength as it moves towards the Virgin Islands Tuesday night. It's also on track to hit Puerto Rico Wednesday, where it could dump as much as 25 inches of rain. Puerto Rico's governor declaring a state of emergency as residents started stocking up on fuel and boarding up homes.
> Puerto Rico is not prepared for this. We are going to have a bad time of it.>> For many in the Caribbean the storm preps are an all too familiar drill. Millions in the region are still reeling from the destruction caused by hurricane Irma earlier this month, which killed more than 80 people in the Caribbean and the US mainland.