The island of Dominica, population just 72,000 people, lays in partial ruin today after Hurricane Maria scored a direct hit on the small island as it continues its path towards the United States territory of Puerto Rico. The citizens of Dominica currently are without power, running water, and any contact with the outside world as Maria took out the country’s communication network. Early reports state that more than 70% of the country’s homes had roofs ripped off, while many more lay in complete ruin.
Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, also one of the affected as Maria made landfall on the island as his roof was ripped while he updated concerned citizens as the hurricane hit. Communication from the island nation ceased shortly after as communication lines were also damaged.