Hurricane Maria hits in Puerto Rico.

A picture shows rocks swept by strong waves onto a road in Le Carbet, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, after it was hit by Hurricane Maria, on September 19, 2017. Hurricane Maria smashed into the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica on September 19, with its prime minister describing devastating damage as winds and rain from the storm also hit territories still reeling from Irma. Martinique, a French island south of Dominica, suffered power outages but avoided major damage. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel CHAMOISEAULIONEL CHAMOISEAU/AFP/Getty Images

Powerful storm Hurricane Maria  pushing north-west through the Caribbean, has landed in Puerto Rico.

Earlier it plunged through St Croix in the US Virgin Islands which is home to around 55,000 people.

Dominica was badly hit on Monday night and aerial footage shows flattened houses. Since communication links are down, there are not much details.

The governor of Puerto Rico has told the island’s 3.5 million people to seek shelter.

Officials in Puerto Rico fear the debris left by Irma could now prove extremely dangerous in the high winds.

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