Maria strikes Puerto Rico; Alabama weather stays quiet — Eric

Maria strikes Puerto Rico; Alabama weather stays quiet — Eric

Its maximum sustained winds of 249.4kmh were down slightly from late Tuesday. Dominica has suffered a "tremendous loss of housing and public buildings" since the storm hit, ripping off roofs and tearing doors from hinges. And the people that were here left.

In Martinique, about 70,000 homes were without electricity and 50,000 homes did not have access to safe drinking water Wednesday.

They got to Puerto Rico by catamaran, where, like many others, they tried to get a flight out with no success. Her projected path suggests that she will then head out into the Atlantic, sparing the East Coast of the United States of her wrath.

Skerrit has won re-election multiple times since then, and today his close-cropped hair is thinning and receding at the front. The synagogue was built to be able to withstand a hurricane.

Felix Delgado, mayor of the city of Catano on the northern coast of Puerto Rico, told WAPA Television that 80 percent of the homes in a neighborhood known as Juana Matos were destroyed. "Just remember this is a live animal", he said. "This is an unprecedented atmospheric system".

"We have a boat, too". It may then cross the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic on 21 September. A domed roof tore, Padilla said, offering audio of the screeching wind. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane.

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. At 4 a.m., Maria was still a 160 mph-Category 5 as its eyewall was over Vieques.

Two weeks ago, Hurricane Irma ravaged the Caribbean with sustained winds of 185 mph and cut a swath of devastation across lush islands that are home to an estimated 1.2 million people.

The hurricane hit the US territory on Monday evening local time. Many shops were already closed, she observed. He said the country was "in a daze", with no electricity and little to no communications.

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Ayer, la máxima superó los 32º y se espera que hoy ocurra lo mismo, con 35º. Vientos moderados o regulares del sector norte, con ráfagas.

Gov. Rosselló has declared a state of emergency. More than 3,000 first responders are on the French Caribbean islands, according to Collomb.

An eyewall replacement cycle early this morning enlarged the eye from a beady 10 nautical miles to 30 nautical miles. Now those evacuees and native Puerto Ricans are bracing for devastation.

Puerto Rico was spared the full force of the Category 5 monster Irma earlier this month.

Mr Velez and his family rushed to their white SUV, dodging the rain and heading back home for the night. "We actually are on the ocean - our room faces the ocean".

"We expect to feel storm winds, tropical storm winds, (from) Tuesday up until late on Thursday".

Here's how the two storms compare.

Some computer models show the storm making a northeasterly turn toward New England which is still dealing with effects of Hurricane Jose. It also caused widespread damage on St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Maria is coming, and there's nothing you can do. But overall, the damage assessment was "reassuring", the French Interior Ministry said.

The Foreign Office is advising against all travel to the BVI - warning residents to identify shelter "immediately" and be ready to take cover when the hurricane approaches - as well as all but essential travel to Montserrat and Anguilla.

From there, the hurricane is forecast to pass by the southeast Bahamas Friday into Saturday. It made landfall Wednesday morning as a Category 4, the first since 1932. Carrying winds of 140 miles per hour, driving high storm surges and drenching rains, Maria's eye was located about 25 miles west of San Juan shortly before 11 a.m. ET (1500 GMT), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.