Category 5 Hurricane Maria eyes Caribbean, not Florida

Will Maria follow in Irma's footsteps?

Maria is now moving towards the islands in the Caribbean which have already been throttled by the previous monstrous Hurricane Irma.

The Caribbean island of Dominica has been hit by category 5 Hurricane Maria, with fears it could produce a risky storm surge and large waves.

That's about two-and-a-half days of tropical storm winds, and on Wednesday we will feel the brunt - all of the island will feel the brunt of sustained category four or five winds.

Warnings are also in effect for St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat and St Lucia while hurricane watches are in place for St Martin, Saba, St Eustatius and Anguilla.

Maria comes one week after Hurricane Irma devastated parts of the region.

Maria's strength diminished slightly to a Category 4 storm after making landfall, but meteorologists increased it back to a Category 5 on Tuesday morning. U.S. President Donald Trump has declared a state emergency for the area, and the U.S. Coast Guard has responded by positioning their craft and personnel in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Further weakening is forecast during the next 24 hours; Norma is expected to become a tropical depression by Tuesday.


Rainfall on all of these islands could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Construction cranes have been dismantled in order to prepare for the high winds.

Governor Ricardo Rossello urged islanders to seek refuge.

The storm's eye is expected to pass near Dominica on Monday night and then hit numerous islands Hurricane Irma destroyed on Tuesday.

Officials in the Puerto Rico have warned residents to find safe shelter and began rationing supplies on Tuesday. "Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", the National Hurricane Center stated. According to the Associated Press, 70,000 people in Puerto Rico are still without power from Hurricane Irma.

The island has suffered at its most and everything there has suffered destruction. By Wednesday, coastal New England is expected to see heavy rain and tropic storm-force winds. Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean have been forced to change ship sailings and as Maria heads northwest across the Caribbean, more ships could be affected.

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