Hurricane Maria Takes Aim at Puerto Rico

Francis Osborne
Сентября 21, 2017

A San Antonio businesswoman is back from Puerto Rico after hunkering down with family during Hurricane Irma.

POINTE-A-PITRE: Hurricane Maria battered the Caribbean island of Dominica yesterday, with its prime minister predicting potentially grave losses and mass destruction as winds and rain from the Category 5 storm barrelled into territories still reeling from Irma.

Hurricane Maria is slamming Puerto Rico with Category 4 winds, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in an 11 a.m. ET update on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

For the second time this month, a major hurricane has taken aim Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

"Maria is likely to affect Puerto Rico as an extremely risky major hurricane", the National Hurricane Center stated Monday.

Hurricane Maria Slams Puerto Rico
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The storm is expected to make landfall on the British Virgin Islands on Wednesday.

Reports from reconnaissance aircraft indicate that the area of hurricane-force winds has increased in size. Just over a day earlier it had been a tropical storm, but wind speeds had increased by 90 m.p.h. within 27 hours, the National Weather Service said.

Some people fleeing the island landed at Kennedy Airport on Tuesday night.

Forecasters said the storm was packing winds of 250 kilometers per hour (155 miles per hour) and was expected to thrash the island, which is home to over 3.4 million people, for 12 to 24 hours.

"Right now we're in a blackout zone, so it's very, very hard to communicate with Guadeloupe", Witkowski said.

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Judi Buckley, former senator for St Croix Island, traveled to St John from her SC home to help with the Irma relief effort - only to get caught up in Maria.

He expects the entire island to lose power and be in a blackout for days.

Some residents and tourists got on the last flights to Florida, hoping to avoid the monster storm all together.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the United States territory would "have to rebuild".

Residents living in flimsy homes are being told to seek shelter before Maria's expected arrival Wednesday.

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