(Weather) – Hurricane Maria Death Toll Rises to 30 in Caribbean
Mother, Two Children Rescued off Puerto Rico
The U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Navy rescued a woman and her two children from a capsized vessel off Puerto Rico. A British man was found dead in the boat.
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Authorities said at least 30 people have been killed in the Caribbean by Hurricane Maria.
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Tens of thousands are without power in the Dominican Republic in the wake of the hurricane.
Puerto Rican emergency officials said 100 percent of the island is without power.
Damage is massive and more than a dozen people died on the island of Dominica, the prime minister announced.
As Major Hurricane Maria swept into the Turks and Caicos on Friday, officials in island nations already devastated by the storm announced more deaths amid the widespread destruction.
In Puerto Rico, where the death toll is expected to continue to rise, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said at least 13 people have died on the island or in nearby waters due to the hurricane. He told The Weather Channel they were attempting to reach the most remote areas of the island by helicopter, as travel has been crippled by debris and downed power lines on Puerto Rico’s roads.
The storm has contributed to at least 30 deaths, including 15 from the obliterated Caribbean island of Dominica, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced Thursday.
Skerrit addressed his nation from Antigua Thursday afternoon, saying the storm was “brutal” to the Caribbean island. He confirmed 15 deaths – a toll that’s likely to rise as word comes from isolated villages – in the country, with at least 20 more missing.
At least two deaths were reported in Puerto Rico, including a man died who died off the coast of the island Wednesday after a boat capsized near Vieques, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. In a search and rescue effort by the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and British Royal Navy, a woman and two children also on the boat were rescued.
The rescue came after a distress call was received from the vessel, stating they were disabled and adrift in 20-foot seas and 120 mph winds. The Coast Guard said it lost contact with the vessel because of the weather.
The Coast Guard also said they were unable to retrieve the man’s body from the capsized vessel.
Tens of thousands were left without power in the Dominican Republic as the deadly storm swamped the country with torrential rainfall.
“In the south zone, there are four circuits out of service, and about 40,613 customers, or 30 percent of the population,” Dominican Corporation of State Electrical Companies (CDEEE) Emergency Operations Center representative Ernesto Perez told DominicanToday.com.
He added that 45 of the east region’s 204 circuits were affected, which amounts to 100,000 customers. A downed power line between the towns of Playa Dorada and Cabarete has left the country’s entire north coast without power.