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Hurricane Maria Set to Follow Hurricane Irma

Last Update: 19th September, 2017

Recovery from Hurricane Irma hasn't even begun and the Caribbean Islands are set to face another devastating hurricane, Hurricane Maria.

Hurricane Maria is currently graded as a Category 1 Hurricane but is set to become a major hurricane by tonight or early Tuesday morning. Hurricane Maria is first set to appear within sections on Leeward Islands. The NHC has warned of life threatening surf and rips caused by swells around the Lesser Antilles area.

Additionally, it is estimated that Hurricane Maria will cause 6 to 12 inches of rain with isolated areas in the central and southern Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands reaching a max amount of 20 inches on Wednesday night. In the northern Leeward Islands from Barbuda to Anuguilla, the Windward Islands and Barbados, Hurricane Maria will cause 2 to 4 inches of rain with isolated areas reaching a maximum of 8 inches. All rainfall could cause life threatening flash floods and mudslides.

The current stats of Hurricane Maria are as follows;

  • Max Wind Speed - 90mph
  • Movement Speed - 13mph

The current Hurricane Maria warnings are as follows;

  • Guadeloupe (Hurricane Warning)
  • Dominica (Hurricane Warning)
  • St. Kitts (Hurricane Warning)
  • Nevis (Hurricane Warning)
  • Montserrat (Hurricane Warning)
  • Martinique (Hurricane Warning)
  • Puerto Rico (Hurricane Watch)
  • Vieques (Hurricane Watch)
  • Culebra (Hurricane Watch)
  • U.S. Virgin Islands (Hurricane Watch)
  • British Virgin Islands (Hurricane Watch)
  • Saba and St. Eustatius (Hurricane Watch)
  • St. Maarten (Hurricane Watch)
  • St. Martin and St. Barthelemy (Hurricane Watch)
  • Anguilla (Hurricane Watch)

The current Tropical Storm warnings are as follows;

  • Antigua and Barbuda (Tropical Storm Warning)
  • Saba and St. Eustatius (Tropical Storm Warning)
  • St. Lucia (Tropical Storm Warning)
  • Barbados (Tropical Storm Watch)
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Tropical Storm Watch)

For more information, please visit the National Hurricane Center Hurricane Maria Public Advisory.

19th September, 2017

Hurricane Maria has devastated the Caribbean Island of Dominica which still hasn't started the recovery process from Hurricane Irma. Over the course of its path, Hurricane Maria's strength was increased to "extremely dangerous" and "potentially catastrophic" as it reaches a category 5 storm on Monday night. Upon reaching landfall it had winds of 160mph.

If Hurricane Irma continues on its current path it will be the most powerful hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in the first 85 years, the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló has declared a state of emergency in preparation for Wednesday.