Hurricane Maria slammed into the Caribbean islands of Dominica and Guadeloupe Monday night into Tuesday, leaving at least eight dead and two missing.
As morning broke Wednesday, little word had been received from authorities in Dominica. However, an advisor to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said seven people had died on the island, the Associated Press Reports.
Advisor Hartley Henry didn’t give details about how the deaths occurred, the AP notes. Henry added that there has been a “tremendous loss of housing and public buildings.”
Meanwhile, according to the Préfecture of Guadeloupe, a person was killed Tuesday morning on the French island after being struck by a falling tree. Authorities note that the person did not heed orders to remain indoors. A second death was reported Wednesday by the Associated Press. Two people are also reported missing after a boat sank near La Désirade island.
Aerial footage captured by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency show widespread devastation on Dominica.
“The situation is really grave,” Consul General Barbara Dailey told the Associated Press in a telephone interview from New York.