Dominica braces for Hurricane Maria, a ‘potentially catastrophic’ Category 5 storm

Dominica braced for Hurricane Maria on Monday as the “potentially catastrophic” Category Five storm bore down on the island nation, packing winds of 160 miles (257 kilometers) per hour, told AFP news agency.

Residents flocked to supermarkets to stock up on essentials as island officials warned people living in low-lying areas or along rivers to move to high ground.