Unfortunately for the Caribbean another category 5 hurricane is expected to pass through causing severe damage over mainly the north east islands.
Hurricane Maria intensified to a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane Monday evening, based on the latest wind speed measurements collected by hurricane hunter aircraft and released at 7:45 p.m.
Hurricane Maria is on a path similar to Hurricane Irma, which ravaged multiple islands in the Atlantic before slamming Florida. Irma claimed 84 lives before it fizzled over continental U.S.
As a result warnings have been issued for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued an emergency update when aircraft measured the maximum sustained winds in the hurricane’s eye as 160 miles per hour, well above the threshold for a category 5 storm, the most powerful on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
The hurricane is expected to continue in the current direction through Wednesday.
“On the forecast track, the core of Maria will move near Dominica and the adjacent Leeward Islands during the next few hours, over the extreme northeastern Caribbean Sea the remainder of tonight and Tuesday, and approach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday night and Wednesday,” the NHC said in a special public advisory issued at 8 p.m. on Monday.