Classified in Category 5 and described as “potentially catastrophic”, Hurricane Maria has moved away from Martinique now in gray vigilance. Only rescuers are allowed to go out. He hit the island of Dominica with winds of 260 km / h and is approaching Guadeloupe in vigilance purple the order of confinement.
In Guadeloupe, the prefect of the region also ordered the evacuation of areas at risk: risks of flooding, submersion or even landslides. Maria moves very slowly, at 9 kilometers, but the winds accompanying her reach already 250 kilometers per hour.
The testimony of our Special Envoy
The telephone connections are very disturbed but here is what our special correspondent was telling before the communication was cut off. It is the full night in Guadeloupe and we are on the heights of Saint-Claude, tells Pierre Olivier. All around the wind rushes and rushes into every corner. A noise comparable to the sea rollers that come crashing along the beaches, there are troughs of 10 to 12 meters, and we are still waiting for gusts to more than 220 km / h.
Outside vegetation and palm trees are shaken roughly, some plants like bananas are on the ground, swept by gusts and the rain is incessant. The family who welcomed us had emptied a part of his swimming pool before the arrival of Maria but a few hours later, the water is again at its maximum level: it has risen by about thirty centimeters, of rainfall.
In the house electricity and water were cut while Maria is only a few tens of kilometers.
It should be remembered that Guadeloupe serves as a backbone for the transport of essential products and materials essential to the reconstruction of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy , hard hit by Hurricane Irma ten days ago.
Martinique in gray vigilance
According to Météo France, the islands of Marie Galante, Saintes and the southern half of Basse Terre are the most exposed regions. In Martinique, where Maria touched the coasts, gray vigilance is maintained. Some 33,000 households are still without electricity and schools and administrations will remain closed on Tuesday.
► A major solidarity concert entitled ” Together for the West Indies “ will be given this Tuesday evening at the Casino de Paris to raise money to help the populations already victims ten days ago of Hurricane Irma and now of Maria who should also do a lot of damages. Many artists have responded to the call like Alain Souchon, Carla Bruni or Bernard Lavilliers. It is an initiative of our colleagues from France Inter and France Télévision. A concert broadcast live on RFI from 21:00, Paris time.