CATEGORY 5: Hurricane Maria Spikes To Catastrophic Category 5, Caribbean Islands Brace For Impact
By Space Coast Daily // September 19, 2017
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Hurricane Maria has spiked to a Category 5 Hurricane after the latest National Hurricane Center (NHC) report shows Maria with 155 mph max sustained winds.
The category 5 hurricane is 15 miles west-northwest of Dominca and 275 miles southeast of St. Croix.
According to NHC, Maria is moving toward the west-northwest around 9 mph and is expected to continue through Wednesday.
NHC says the current forecast track shows the eye of Maria will move over the northeastern Caribbean Sea today and approach the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight and Wednesday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles.
Hurricane Warnings are in effect for Culebra, Dominica, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Martinique,Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and Vieques.
Hurricane Watches are also in effect for Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy and Anguilla.
Forecasters say some additional strengthening is possible tonight, while some fluctuations in intensity will be likely during the
next day or two.
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