Hurricane Maria betters Dominica, heads to Puerto Rico

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For those choosing to stay in their homes during the storm, he said, they might consider climbing into a second-floor bathtub and pulling a mattress over them to stay safe in the event they lose their roofs.

With maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 km per hour), the storm slammed into the island as a Category 5 hurricane, the NHC said.

Previous article: Hurricane Maria is nearing the Caribbean Leeward islands with sustained winds currently at 120 miles per hour and higher gusts, as of 3:00 PM UTC September 18th, but the storm, now a major Category 3 hurricane, could keep intenfsiying as it targets the islands and the United States cannot rule out another storm threat yet.

The British Virgin Islands was under curfew on Tuesday as the Caribbean archipelago, still reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma earlier this month, braced for another mega storm.

Now packing 120 mph sustained winds and higher gusts, along with a minimum central pressure of 959mb (having dropped nearly 20 mb in the last few hours), weather models forecast that hurricane Maria will continue to intensify into a major category 4 or 5 storm, a awful prospect for the already hurricane ravaged islands that fall within the forecast cone. The last major hurricane to strike Puerto Rico directly was Georges, which made landfall there as a Category 3 storm in 1998, he said.

The National Hurricane Center says hurricane warnings are in effect for the islands of Guadeloupe, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Montserrat, as well as for the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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On the island of St Martin, which is split between France and the Netherlands, authorities announced a red alert ahead of Maria's arrival.

Major national airlines have warned travelers of possible flight cancellations and delays as Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall Monday in the Caribbean.

Relief workers are racing to secure debris left strewn across the islands that have the potential to make the coming hurricane "more hazardous" if they are picked up by high winds.

"You have to evacuate".

The storm's hurricane-force winds extended out about 35 miles and tropical storm-force winds out as far as 125 miles. He also said the Federal Emergency Management Agency was ready to bring drinking water and help restore power immediately after the storm.

The island's broadcast service was also down on Tuesday and Akamai Technologies, a company that tracks the status of the internet around the world, said most of Dominica's internet service appeared to have been lost by midday. "Otherwise, they will die", Public Safety Commissioner Hector Pesquera said at a news conference.

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Several of these Caribbean islands, including Barbuda and St. Maarten, were devastated when Hurricane Irma hit them, only 10 days ago.

"This is going to impact all of Puerto Rico with a force and violence that we haven't seen for several generations", he said. "I don't know how to make this any clearer".

To the north, Hurricane Jose stirred up unsafe surf and rip currents along the U.S. East Coast, though forecasters said the storm was unlikely to make landfall.

It has sustained winds of 260km/h (160mph).

Jose's center was about 350 miles south-southwest of Nantucket, Massachusetts, early Tuesday and moving north at 9 mph.

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