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Tuesday, September 19

Guadeloupe also battered by Hurricane Maria

For damage to Dominica, see Maria caves in roof at Dominica PM's residence, devastates rest of island; Pundita, published 3:16 AM EDT today.

Hurricane Maria video update: powerful winds batter Guadeloupe as storm lashes Caribbean

[see website for very brief footage of the winds striking in the area of Guadeloupe's regional capital city]

HURRICANE MARIA has left a swath of devastation in the Caribbean with shocking video capturing the sheer force of the storm in Guadeloupe.
By DARREN HUNT
PUBLISHED: 09:26 - Sep 19, 2017 
[U.K.] Express

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The path of the Category Four storm [upgraded again to Cat 5 at about 5 AM EDT today] also crashed into Basse-Terre, the capital of Guadeloupe just weeks after Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean and United States. 

In the shocking footage, winds can be seen battering a car park in Basse-Terre with trees and lampposts shaking in the intense conditions.

The video, posted online from the French local authorities said: “Winds are extremely violent. Stay confined. Don't go out under any circumstances.”

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From Wikipedia:
Guadeloupe (/ɡwɑːdəˈluːp/; French pronunciation: ​[ɡwadəlup]; Antillean Creole: Gwadloup) is an insular region of France located in the Leeward Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. Administratively, it is an overseas region consisting of a single overseas department. With a land area of 1,628 square kilometres (629 square miles) and an estimated population of 400,132 as of January 2015, it is the largest and most populous European Union territory in North America.

Guadeloupe's two main islands are Basse-Terre to the west and Grande-Terre to the east, which are separated by a narrow strait that is crossed with bridges. They are often referred to as a single island. The department also includes the Dependencies of Guadeloupe, which include the smaller islands of Marie-Galante and La Désirade, and the Îles des Saintes.

Guadeloupe, like the other overseas departments, is an integral part of France. As a constituent territory of the European Union and the Eurozone, the euro is its official currency and any European Union citizen is free to settle and work there indefinitely. As an overseas department, however, it is not part of the Schengen Area. The prefecture (regional capital) of Guadeloupe is the city of Basse-Terre, which lies on the island of the same name. The official language is French and Antillean Creole is spoken virtually by the entire population except recent arrivals from metropolitan France.

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