Maria was set to be the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years, likely a Category 4 or 5 when it makes landfall, the NHC said. A slow weakening is expected after the hurricane emerges over the Atlantic north of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, it added.
Hurricane Maria hits Virgin Islands and bears down on Puerto Rico
let alone hurricane-force winds,” he said during a Sunday radio address, as reported by the Virgin Islands Daily News.
Hurricane Maria aims at Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica
Journalists from the USA TODAY NETWORK flew and drove the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border in search for answers. This is what they found.
Hurricane Maria Update: Puerto Rico Prepares for Its Worst Hurricane in Modern History
The Dutch navy tweeted that troops were heading to Saba and St Eustatius to bolster security amid fears of potential looting.Additional reporting by Dave Graham in San Juan, Daina Beth Solomon in Mexico City, Richard Lough in Paris, Anthony Deutsch in Amsterdam, Robert Edison Sandiford in Bridgetown, Barbados; Writing by Jon Herskovitz, Frances Kerry and Lisa Shumaker; Editing by Catherine Evans
5 things you need to know Wednesday
The NHC called the storm “potentially catastrophic” — barely a week after Hurricane Irma tore through the same region.
Maria reached the island of Dominica Monday night, and residents there woke up to yet another scene of devastation Tuesday as the storm left a trail of widespread wreckage. Maria’s Category 5 winds uprooted trees and ripped off rooftops including that of the official residence of the country’s prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, and triggering an avalanche of those torn-away roofs in the city and the countryside.
The warning came after Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit sent out a series of dramatic posts on his Facebook page as the storm blew over that tiny country late Monday — but then stopped suddenly as phone and internet connections with the country were cut.
More than 4,400 people were in shelters by late Tuesday, along with 105 pets, Rossello said.The Weather Company’s primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.
About 40 percent of the island — 80,000 homes — were without power and flooding was reported in several communities.Your locations are now saved and available anywhere you log in.
Rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches, are forecast across the Leeward Islands and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands through Thursday. In Puerto Rico, 12 to 18 inches and isolated 25 inches are expected.
Eerie Calm Hangs Over Puerto Rican Capital Before Storm
Sam Lopez, president of United Third Bridge, Inc., said the Brevard-based organization is ready to assist other charities once the storm passes. “People will need canned goods, water, but we will be making assessments to see what else is needed,” Lopez said. He also expects that the economic impact of the storm may send many fleeing an island already facing critical fiscal woes and shortages of services.Hurricane center forecasters said it “now appears likely” that Maria will still be at Category 5 intensity when it moves over the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday night and Puerto Rico on Wednesday, bringing with it “life-threatening” flooding from rain and storm surge.
Puerto Ricans dig in as Hurricane Maria's wrath heads for island
Sept. 20 (UPI) — Hurricane Maria was within 30 miles of the U.S. territory of St. Croix on Tuesday night, the National Hurricane Center.
Hurricane Maria nears St. Croix, on track for Puerto Rico Wednesday
.@VATF1 search & rescue team is helping with preparations in Puerto Rico ahead of #Maria & ready to support following the storm. pic.twitter.com/NJkQrFsU1k
Struggling After Irma, Islanders Lament 'Potentially Catastrophic' Hurricane Maria
The Goes-16 Satellite from @NOAASatellites captured stunning images of the eye of #HurricaneMaria. This is a powerful catagory 5 storm. pic.twitter.com/6gV4cZoJbV
Dominica pounded; Puerto Rico in path
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With Maria on the way, South Floridians worry about loved ones
Hurricane Maria Roars Across Caribbean; Puerto Rico Facing Direct Hit
PM’s Facebook posts detail storm drama Hurricane Maria: What to do before, during and after Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHurricane Maria brought high winds to Guadeloupe Officials there fear the debris left by Irma earlier this month could now prove extremely dangerous in the winds of Maria.
Maria was about 60 miles southeast of San Juan and already forcing Fajardo hoteliers to shelter guests in a conference room littered with mattresses due to intense winds and sopping-wet carpets. The storm’s harsh eyewall had just struck Vieques by 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Rebuttal: Climate Change is a Life, Liberty and Property. An Op-Ed at The Washington Examiner got my attention: “…Rogan talks about the foundation of our democracy. What he omits is that in the Fifth Amendment, the founders recognized the fundamental right of citizens to be free from government actions that harm life, liberty, and property. Our nation’s climate system, including its atmosphere and oceans, is tightly tied to this right. James Madison, who drafted the constitution, said in 1818: “The atmosphere is the breath of life.” In Texas and in Florida, we just saw our climate, infused by fossil fuel-created carbon pollution, infringe upon the inalienable right to life, liberty, and property. One of my co-plaintiffs, 10-year old Levi, lives on a barrier island in Florida. The federal government’s contribution to our climate crisis, with the cooperation of the fossil fuel industry, directly violates this right, especially us as young people…”A group of 27 medics and disaster relief professionals from the FDNY and the NYPD were en route to Puerto Rico to help with logistics ahead of Maria’s landfall, a spokesman for Mayor de Blasio said.
Hurricane Maria cripples Dominica as it churns toward Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico braces for a potential direct hit from Hurricane Maria
President Trump declared states of emergency for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands*The main threats from Jose across parts of the Northeast coast will be dangerous rip currents and surf over the next several days while the system sits far offshore. Some stronger winds (with gusts of 40-60 mph) will also be possible, especially along coastal Rhode Island and Massachusetts south of Boston. Additional rainfall of up to 4” is also possible.
CNN’s Jaide Timm-Garcia, Sarah Faidell, Matou Diop, Jamie Gray, Judson Jones, Brandon Miller, Taylor Ward and Karen Smith contributed to this report.A tropical storm warning was posted for coastal areas in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and tropical storm watches were up for parts of New York’s Long Island and Connecticut.
weatherHow Big Is Hurricane Maria?weatherHow Big Is Hurricane Maria?In the Puerto Rican capital, San Juan, normally crowded streets and beaches were empty by Tuesday afternoon as families heading to safe shelter packed up their cars and pets or secured windows and doors around their home to prepare for severe winds expected to lash the island for 12 to 24 hours. Nearly 2,800 people were in shelters across Puerto Rico, along with 105 pets, officials said.
This couple journeyed 6 days w/ 2 kids to escape the #HurricaneIrma destruction on St. Thomas…only to face #HurricaneMaria in PR. @CNN pic.twitter.com/Ct48ucGeqk
“Rain is coming through sideways and the trees are swaying,” she told AFP.
Even still, we cannot forget our neighbors to the south. They got clobbered hard, many of them harder than a lot of us. Now they’re staring down Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 160 mph that made landfall Monday night in Dominica in the eastern Caribbean. Forecasts show Puerto Rico could take a direct hit as early as today.