Hurricane Maria threatens to bring destruction to Caribbean islands

Even before trying to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, the Caribbean islands have been hit by Hurricane Maria which has moved as a Category Four hurricane by bringing winds of 209kmph.

Hurricane Maria is the fourth major Atlantic hurricane already in 2017 after Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose. It has ripped through Dominica and is on its way through Puerto Rico, the US territory in the Caribbean.

On the radar of Hurricane Maria are the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Leeward Islands.

According to the National Hurricane Center, a hurricane warning has been issued for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques.

Hurricane Maria path by National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Maria path by National Hurricane Center. Photo courtesy of National Hurricane Center/Wikipedia.

The National Hurricane Center stated: “At 800 PM AST (0000 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 15.3 North, longitude 61.1 West. Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through Wednesday.

“On the forecast track, the core of Maria will move near Dominica and the adjacent Leeward Islands during the next few hours, over the extreme northeastern Caribbean Sea the remainder of tonight and Tuesday, and approach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday night and Wednesday.”

Puerto Rico is bracing up for Hurricane Maria although it still rebuilding after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. It has set up about 500 shelters and has activated the dry law for Tuesday and Wednesday when Hurricane Maria will be passing through the US state.

By Wednesday, Hurricane Maria is expected to hit Peurto Rico bringing in winds of 240kmph and subsequently result in a power outage for millions of people.

In the US Virgin Islands, Governor Kenneth Mapp urged residents not to take light of Hurricane Maria or its possibility of changing path while calling it as a live animal.

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