Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Dominica

Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Dominica

Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Dominica

Updated 19 September 2017, 12:10 AEST

Hurricane Maria makes landfall on the Caribbean island of Dominica as a dangerous category five storm.

Hurricane Maria has made landfall on the Caribbean island of Dominica as a dangerous category five storm, the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

Maria was packing maximum sustained winds of 260 kilometres per hour, placing it at the top level of the Saffir-Simpson hurricane and wind scale, the Miami-based forecaster said in its latest advisory.

Forecast models showed the fierce hurricane aiming next at the US territory of Puerto Rico and at the island of Hispaniola, shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

More to come.

Reuters