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Prime Minister of Dominica & Ole Miss Alum, Roosevelt Skerrit Posts About Devastation of Hurricane Maria

Image Courtesy of Roosevelt Skerrit/Facebook

In the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Hurrican Maria has ripped through the nation of Dominica as a category 5 storm. Prime Minister of the nation and Ole Miss alum, Roosevelt Skerrit posted updates of the devastation as he took shelter throughout Friday night as the storm reached the Caribbean island. 

Upon his rescue, Skerrit posted again to address the devastation in his country. Skerrit’s full post can be read below:
Initial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains.
So far, the winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with. The roof to my own official residence was among the first to go, and this apparently triggered an avalanche of torn away roofs in the city and the countryside.

Come tomorrow morning we will hit the road, as soon as the all clear is given, in search of the injured and those trapped in the rubble.
I am honestly not preoccupied with physical damage at this time, because it is devastating…indeed, mind boggling. My focus now is in rescuing the trapped and securing medical assistance for the injured.
We will need help, my friend; we will need help of all kinds.
It is too early to speak of the condition of the air and seaports, but I suspect both will be inoperable for a few days. That is why I am eager now to solicit the support of friendly nations and organizations with helicopter services, for I personally am eager to get up and get around the country to see and determine what’s needed.
Hurricane Maria has also made landfall in Puerto Rico. According to the Weather Channel, it “remains too early to determine if Maria will ever threaten the U.S. East Coast next week.”

Skerrit received a BA from Ole Miss in 1997 with a double major in Psychology and English.

Steven Gagliano is the managing editor of HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at steven.gagliano@hottytoddy.com

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