The Category 5 storm struck on Monday, flattening homes and destroying vital infrastructure across Dominica, a nation of roughly 72,000 residents that lies near the French overseas territories of Guadeloupe and Martinique.
The eye of Hurricane Maria passed over the Commonwealth of Dominica last night and into the early hours of this morning.
Communications were down, although five satellite phones were rushed to the island on Wednesday to help the isolated government respond to the crisis.
Yesterday evening (20 September), the principal to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit shared photographs - including the first of the prime minister since the storm (meaning the images are genuine and can be used).
Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit in studio with Garfield Burford of ABS Television.
The PM said on Thursday that it's been brutal.
Nearly the entire 70,000 population has been affected, with 15 confirmed deaths - although this number is expected to rise. The Government is also doubling any United Kingdom public donations made to the British Red Cross' Irma and Maria appeals, a pledge which has so far raised more than £2 million.
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"Oh, it's terrifying. It's one of those things where you just like, (you know) this area is flooded, but (you hope) they're safe", said Desire. "It's absolutely urgent that we get him out".
"We are very mindful that others and colleagues in the region felt its full force and our thoughts are very much with them at the moment". The island's two airports were mostly intact, and at least one was open for emergency helicopter flights. Two people were killed and two remained missing Wednesday, though the death toll is expected to climb.
Residents in Puerto Rico, meanwhile, are picking up the pieces after their homes were pummelled by Hurricane Maria.
Hurricane Irma was lashing the Caribbean at the time and her sister and husband, both physicians, were needed in Dominica in case of emergencies.
More hurricanes are churning through the Atlantic Ocean on a possible collision course with USA territory.
"My prayer is for renewed strength and resolve to rebuild all of our islands in the wake of these two bad storms", he added.
St. Thomas also sustained devastating damage, with cell service and most radio stations downed, no electricity and blocked roads, according to Lisa Posey, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Virgin Islands government.