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Hurricane Maria slams Dominica, now menaces Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria slams Dominica, now menaces Puerto Rico

ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) -- Hurricane Maria smashed into the Caribbean island of Dominica with 160 mph winds, ripping the roof off even the prime minister's residence and causing what he called "mind-boggling" devastation Tuesday as it plunged into a Caribbean region already ravaged by Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Maria nearing already battered Caribbean islands

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- A strengthening Hurricane Maria churned toward the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean on Monday as forecasters warned it was expected to become a major hurricane by early Tuesday.

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Harvey recovery czar faces limits

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Paul J. Weber

The man tasked with overseeing Texas' Hurricane Harvey rebuilding efforts sees his job as "future-proofing" before the next disaster, but he isn't empowered on his own to reshape flood-prone Houston or the state's vulnerable coastline, which has been walloped by three major hurricanes since 2006.

Irma takes a parting shot as it finally leaves Florida

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Doug Ferguson and Jay Reeves

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A weakened Irma took its parting shot at Florida on Monday, triggering severe flooding in the state's northeastern corner, while authorities along the storm's 400-mile path struggled to rush aid to victims and take the full measure of the damage.

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