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Puerto Rico officials give stark warning as Hurricane Maria nears
Authorities on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico have told residents and tourists to evacuate or die, as the most powerful storm to hit the US territory in almost 90 years approaches.
Now a Category 5 hurricane – the most powerful there is – Maria has already roared across the islands of Dominica and Guadeloupe killing and injuring a number of people.
With maximum sustained winds of 265 km/h, it is passing within 30 kilometres of St Croix in the US Virgin Islands and has Puerto Rico in its sights, due to arrive there later today, though it may weaken slightly to a category 4. It will then pass just north of the Dominican Republic.
“Locations may be uninhabitable for weeks or months,” Puerto Rico’s hurricane centre warned.
“If you are in a flood zone, your life is in danger,” Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said. “If you are in a wooden house, your life is in danger.”
Héctor Pesquera, Puerto Rico’s commissioner of public safety, put it even more bluntly. “You have to evacuate – otherwise, you are going to die. I do not know how to make this any clearer.”

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