Trinidad and Tobago

Hurricane Maria upgrades to dangerous Category 4

Hurricane Maria has intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson wind scale and is expected to strengthen further, the US National Hurricane Centre says.

Hurricane Maria is now about 55 kilometres northeast of Martinique, with maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometres per hour, the Miami-based weather forecaster said on Monday.

MIC Institute of Technology: 'No one injured in hostage incident'

The MIC Institute of Technology said no one was injured in this morning's hostage situation at its O'Meara campus.

The Institute issued a statement on the matter Monday afternoon.

"The MIC Institute of Technology wishes to confirm that no one was injured during a hostage situation at its O’Meara Technology Centre which took place on Monday September 18, 2017 in an isolated incident.

Reports indicate that just before 9.00 a.m., a 32-year old, Santa Cruz man arrived at the Centre with a female trainee and an argument ensued outside the compound.