Caribbean island suffered widespread devastation after Hurricane Maria.

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Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says his Caribbean island nation has suffered widespread devastation after Hurricane Maria.

Maria made landfall on Dominica as a Category 5 storm with top winds swirling at 257 kilometers per hour, according to the US National Hurricane Centre.

It was later downgraded to a Category 4 storm, but remained an extremely dangerous hurricane, the Miami-based centre said.

Skerrit, who had to be rescued after winds tore off the roof to his official residence, said he feared serious injuries and even deaths on the island, home to about 72,000 people.

By TONY