Maria, Now a Hurricane, Promises More Damage for the Caribbean

Jerome Frank
September 19, 2017

Other islands were warned to stay alert for changes in the storm.

"By no means are we in the clear", Devitt said. Its path continues toward Puerto Rico, where it could make landfall as a category 4 hurricane with winds over 130 miles per hour.

Hurricane advisories continue to extend across Caribbean islands battered by Irma as the storm approaches.

Tropical Storm Maria is now a hurricane and is forecast to strengthen and brush by some islands that were recently wrecked by Hurricane Irma.

Tropical Storm Maria became the 12th named storm Saturday.

Hurricane warnings are in effect for St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe and Dominica.

"Hurricane conditions are first expected within portions of the Leeward Islands by Monday night, with tropical storm conditions beginning on Monday", the center said.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Maria is likely to swell into major hurricane status by midweek as it heads for Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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Jose will come close enough to the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast Tuesday into Wednesday morning to bring strong winds and heavy rain.

Jose is moving north at about 9 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour.

Several of these Caribbean islands, including Barbuda and St. Maarten, were devastated when Hurricane Irma hit them, only 10 days ago.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Maria is expected to turn into a hurricane by Monday and become a major hurricane by Wednesday. On St. Martin, residents are wondering if it's even possible to rebuild.

Maria has rapidly intensified to a 130 miles per hour, Category 4 hurricane as of the 2pm Monday, Sept. 18, advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

"All of Puerto Rico will experience hurricane force winds".

A slightly weaker but larger Hurricane Jose continued on a path northward just off the East Coast on Monday.

Norma had winds of about 50 mph (85 kph) and it was centered about 140 miles (225 kilometers) south-southwest of Cabo San Lucas.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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